Berlin! 14.08 – 28.08.21 Siilk Gallery x Studio 183
#SaveTheDate- “We’re excited to be back in town for a big Pop-up exhibition alongside The Publisher at Studio 183 in Bikini Berlin!! Opening 14.08.21 @ 18.00. Works on show by Renate Ariadne, Cai Leplaw, Anna-Lena Krause, Evis St. Francis, Ryuta Sakurai and Tarek Mawad.” FACEBOOK EVENT
Renate Ariadne’s work gives a glimpse into an alternative world, inspired by her dreams. The low lit scenes she creates are filled with reflections and transparent materials separating them from our daily reality. Fascinated by sexuality and identity, her photographs investigate themes involving the body, such as loneliness, shame and control.
Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Renate Ariadne (b. 1993) started taking photographs at the early age of fifteen. Using photography as a way to understand and differentiate her dreams and imagination from reality. After finishing her Bachelor of Art at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, she moved to London, where she is currently based.
• Cai Leplaw
Focusing on the slightly odd, unusual and discomfort in everyday life, Cai Leplaw’s works are politically and socially thought provoking. After living throughout Europe for most of his adult life and working within the fashion and arts industry, Cai now bases himself back home in Byron Bay, Australia. His works have been featured in publications such as Notion, Indie mag, Grass fires and Monster Children to name a few.
• Anna-Lena Krause
Anna-Lena Krause is a visual artist from Berlin, currently based in London. Her work often explores sociological and cultural phenomena in modern societies, focusing primarily on perception and memory. In particular, she questions how ideas we have of ourselves are shaped by the environments we are nurtured in.
The work investigates the dialog between the external and the internal, the other and the self and the entanglement that happens in between to highlight how fragile and dependent memory is in relation to our perception.
Combining photography, film and sculpture she looks at how different forms of representation can highlight the differences in our shaping of ideas of the world. The work suggests that perception, like memory, is not a passive but an active action; our wholeness and continuity aren’t a given but made by us.
Krause has had various group exhibitions including the Rencontres Des Arles, the European Months of Photography, ‘Sweet Harmony‘ at Saatchi Gallery, London and ‘No Photos on the Dance Floor‘ at C/O Berlin. Her work has been published among others in British Vogue, Sleek Magazine, Oyster, and WWD.
• Evil St. Francis
Francesco Mele, 36 years old from Sardinia, is a photographer and musician, attracted by humans’ souls of the underworld.
His anthropologic research started in his teenage years when, as a frontman of numerous underground bands, he was constantly travelling across Europe the USA and Asia. In this series of photographs presented in his first group exhibition, his investigation focuses on a metaphysical question, WHERE DOES A BODY END? Portraying a deep empathy with a group of human beings that embrace body and mind self-destruction as the only possible path of re-birth.
A portion of the photographs themselves faced an awkward death in a terrible flood which destroyed the artists archive but now some of them are being re-stored for the public. The subjects, the media and the artist proceed in parallel of their radical life experience.
• Ryuta Sakurai
Ryuta Sakurai is an award winning Japanese (Osaka) photographer based in Düsseldorf, Germany. He has exhibited his works internationally.
Ryuta Sakurai’s photography focuses on the nude body, on naked subjects in their most pure and vulnerable form, shooting their surroundings and capturing a small glimpse of their lifestyles in the 21st century.
• Tarek Mawad
Tarek Mawad is an Artist, Creative Director and photographer born in Stuttgart, Germany. He started off his photography career while creating 2D/3D animation. What sets him apart is his strong visual identity, exploring different light sources, materials and various techniques.
During his studies of Media Art and Design in the Academy of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken, he teamed up with Friedrich van Schoor as “3hund”. Together they commenced in the field of 3D/2D animation, light installation and projection mapping and created art projects like “Bioluminescent Forest” and “Lucid” which were awarded as “vimeo staff picks” and where published in various Magazines. Nevertheless he had a desire to unify his various skills and thus revolutionize contemporary photography.
His main goal is to constantly challenge himself developing new techniques by combining fashion photography and art, speciazialising on small details and effects he captures on film. With his skills in projection mapping, light installation and digital media he created a new style in photography and a strong cinematographic signature.