Berlin! 05.12 – 10.12.19 WE ALL HAVE A STORY – An Exhibition on Populism by Jonathan Davis at coGalleries
#SaveTheDate – This political art show about Trump, Brexit, the AfD and French nationalism is by British artist Jonathan Davis who has come to Berlin again to provoke our responses to right wing populists and the threats they pose to our hard won equalities. Davis uses his bizarre art pieces – a sex doll hiding from Trump and a homosexual paper penguin who has been forced to wear the pink triangle, mixed in with the debris of real life hate crimes the artist has witnessed in France – to link what is going on today with Europe’s grim past.
We All Have A Story by Jonathan Davis at coGalleries
“This work is about the power of storytellers to influence how we think ; about lies, the distortion of the meaning of language and how this can lead to the dehumanisation of other people. Ultimately, the title refers to the possibility that every time you behold another human being, it helps to remember that every one of us has a story and is on a journey, whether this be personal or collective. I feel that this idea is one of the great “levellers” for humanity The moment you begin to understand someone eise ‘s story you can no langer classify her, him or them as “other”. lt’s the beginning of understanding that after all, we are just all “us”. We All Have A Story – Wir alle haben eine Geschichte will be Jonathan’s second show in Germany. The first, ‘For it is Written’, which raised questions about the relationship between the language of the Nazi period and ‘Brexit’, was in Neukölln, Berlin in 2018.
Jonathan Davis is a British artist who in 2012 concluded a career in architecture and strategic urban planning to establish a full time art practice in London. However, the so-called ‘populist revolts’ of 2016 soon caused him to radically re-cast his developing practice in 2D, mainly abstract, painting and drawing in favour of work that raises questions about the nature of contemporary discourse and its relationships with modern European history.