Superurbanvillage, was a recent exhibition, (juried by - Dr. Claudia Beelitz, Kunstverein Tiergarten; Judith Laub, Bezirksamt Mitte, Dep. Art and Culture; Richard Rabensaat, Artist; Susann Unger, curator of Die Bäckerei Gallery; Majla Zeneli, curator of Manière Noire) organized by Kunstverein Tiergarten. It evolved around the theme of migration and identity. Among nummerous proposed projects, ten qualified for the final show, and between them, the visitors could find works by two artists represented by Manière Noire: Albert Coers and Matthias Beckmann:
Albert Coers contributed posters with gestures of German sign language, designating countries, on display in the public space at Ottopark near Turmstraße/Moabit. The images were taken from a dictionary of sign language, published 1985 in East-Berlin.How does one capture in one gesture the description of a nation, a country, a continent? What can we read in them and what do they tell about the speakers? How are the signs shaped by their origin and historical background?
The project is accompaigned by a artist booklet published by icon publisher/Hubert Kretschmer.
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In December 2015 Matthias Beckmann decided to visit a refugee camp situated in Lobeckstrasse in Berlin's neighborhood Kreuzberg. After meeting the refugees in the camp he made a decision to teach them German and in the same time started a drawing project that would document everything he observed. His drawings depicted the everyday life in the camp: the meals, the beds, the clothing storage, refugees playing basketball, refugees waiting, refugees charging their smartphones...
From the numerous drawings he produced that documented the daily activities of the refugees, he chose six of them in order to create postcards that he could distribute in Berlin's neighborhood Moabit. These postcards can be found in local shops, but also outsides in the parks. People are invited to take them and send them to their friends with greetings from Berlin. Unlike the usual photographs intended for tourists, Matthias Beckmann created postcards that show a different side of German reality – the ordinary life of people that have found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.