ARTCO Gallery presents Family! An exhibition by Jonathan Apelbaum

#SaveTheDate – Emerging from his background as a mechanical engineer, the artistic work by Jonathan Apelbaum aims for creation through collaboration. Those bearing witness to his large-scale oil portraiture in the framework of the exhibition „Family“ will be invited to engage with a synergy of diverse elements embedded within their production.

Alongside a team of engineers, the French-Algerian artist has developed Al sensory hardware that, when paired with the paintings, changes their composition in response to certain external stimuli, such as motion or the pulse of a nearby body. With nearly 2000 LED lights behind each cognitive painting, stories unfold that are constantly evolving, influencing and being influenced by their peripheral environments. As meditations on gender, intimacy, family, religion and technology, they are in constant conversation with themselves and their audiences.

Dates: 17th of November through 10th of December 22

Opening hours: Wed-Sat, 12-7 pm

ARTCO Gallery Frobenstr. 1, 10783 Berlin

“To me, family means two things: the biological family and the family you choose, my family in France, and my family in Berlin. The two are fundamentally different, the Berlin family is queer and kinky, it’s the family you can fuck with. Then there is the family that witnessed your birth, the family you grew up with, and where you came from. Both are inescapably intertwined and for a brief moment, a minute or a month, I would like to put these two opposing ideas of what constitutes a family into one single space.”

Each weekend, throughout the course of this show, the artist will invite a member of his chosen family to collaborate and unite their art with his paintings. The ambition is to show their very own version of what family means. While Klara Ravat will create a unique scent composition designed for each show, the programming will include performances and music by various artists:


Friday 18.11.2022, 6 pm-10 pm

Opening & sound installation by Marco Colocci

After-Party at Aeden Club

Saturday 19.11.2022, 6 pm-10 pm

“Hejfar” – Performance by Matilde Flor Usinger & Nana Finding Koppel

Sound by Maria Leth

Saturday 26.11.2022, 6 pm-10 pm

“CROWDPLEASER” – Performance by Skjold Rambow in collab with Rasmus Balling

Sound design by Thomas Pozar 

Umbrella by Helene Due

Saturday 03.12.2022, 6 pm-10 pm

“RUNAWAY HYPOTHESIS” – Performance by Tanja Bombach

Concept, Direction and costume design by Tanja Bombach

Choreography in collaboration with the dancers Lena Kilchitskaya and June

Sound Design by Simone Antonioniby Tanja Bombach

Saturday 10.12.2022, 6 pm-10 pm

“Her Voice” – Performance by Vivian Assal Koohnavard

Sound/Voice by Vivian Assal Koohnavard

Text by Vivian Assal Koohnavard and Venessa Sahar Koohnavard