KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Online 12 Jul 2021
Detail, C& Center of Unfinished Business
BPA Talks is a public lecture series in partnership with BPA// Berlin program for artists. BPA participants will each present their work in 45-60-minute lectures. BPA Talks are flexible in format, ranging from introductory presentations of the artist’s work to lecture performances.
5 pm Xiaopeng Zhou
Xiaopeng Zhou observes everyday life in different contexts. He is interested in caring and accompaniment, learning processes and the relationship between educated and amateur activities. For BPA Talks, Zhou will present two different projects and their relationship within his practice: Working with stone (2014-2018) and the upcoming project How does a flower bend?. The latter will be on view at KW later this summer as part of BPA// Exhibition 2021.
Zhou studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Monochromatic Lottery Balls, Xining Contemporary, Xining (2019) and Shape of Appetite, Empfangshalle, München (in cooperation with Tang Han) (2018). Group shows were Interrupted Meals, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai (2020), An Impulse to Turn Inside-Out, Art Museum, Beijing (2020), Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg(2019) and Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, (UABB), Shenzhen (2017).
6 pm Jana Schulz
Blaue Perle, Andy Alanis, Golden Boys
Jana Schulz will present two video works, Blaue Perle and Golden Boys, as well as two sound pieces of her series Andy Alanis. Featuring different protagonists navigating the everyday, these works address interpersonal relationships and forms of communication. In her videos, Schulz focusses on routine gestures and repetitive movements. She provides a candid approach to her subjects through careful camerawork, ever oscillating between proximity and distance.
Schulz studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. Recent exhibitions, film screenings and residencies include: Eigen+Art Lab Berlin (2020), Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (2020), Center for Contemporary Photography Melbourne (2020), Rencontres Paris/Berlin (2020), Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bukarest (2019), Eigen+Art Leipzig (2019), International Studio & Curatorial Program New York (2019), Kunsthalle Wien (2018), Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig (2018), Villa Aurora grant recipient by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2018).
7 pm Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw
In his talk Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw will look at various built and natural settings which feature within his sculptures and installations. Interrogating how memories of architecture and landscape are rewritten and remodeled with each instance of their retrieval, Shaw will provide a look into the themes and working methods through which his thinking around environmental remembrance materializes.
Shaw studied at The Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm and Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver. Selected solo exhibitions include Memory Loss (2020), Coyote, Stockholm; Can there be Forgiveness? (2018), Ashley, Berlin; F-150 (2018), Polansky Gallery, Prague and Vinegar Stone & the Language of Flowers (2017), Towards, Toronto. Selected group shows include Vigil (2021), Galeria Wschód w/ Emanuel Layr, Warsaw; Condo London (2020), Union Pacific w/ Wschód & Et al., London; But Doctor, I am Pagliacci (2019), The Loon, Toronto; Clerks Quarters (2018), Pogo Bar – KW, Berlin and At the End of the Game You Will Be Forgotten (2018), Alyssa Davis Gallery, New York City.
7:45 pm Julia Grosse & Yvette Mutumba
Through language. Through digitality. Through encounters. A digital art magazine as a platform of global contexts and discourses
The term “global art” often stands for an idea of artistic production from non-European and non-US contexts, as a synonym for “the other” within a hierarchy of “centre” and “periphery”. Contemporary And (C&) is a dynamic platform that reflects and initiates discourses around contemporary art that move beyond the idea of centers and beyond singular narratives and presences. Founded in 2013, the international platform is a growing network that features and connects cultural producers from Africa and the global diaspora. In their lecture, Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba will talk about their work with C& and discuss methods, definitions and challenges.
Julia Grosse is co-founder and artistic director of the platform Contemporary And (C&).
She is a lecturer at the Institute for Art in Context at the University of the Arts in Berlin and since June associative curator at Gropius Bau. Grosse studied art history and worked as a columnist and arts journalist in London for taz, FAZ and AD Magazine. She has written and co-edited books, such as Ein Leben lang in 2018 (Hoffman und Campe). In 2020 she curated Friendly Confrontations: Festival for Global Art and Institutional Critique at the Kammerspiele München and (together with Yvette Mutumba) was winner of the prize “European Cultural Manager of the Year”.
Yvette Mutumba is co-founder and artistic director of the platform Contemporary And (C&). She is curator-at-large at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and lecturer at the Institute of Art in Context, UdK. Mutumba was part of the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018). From 2012 to 2016 she was curator at Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt a. M . She holds a PhD in art history from Birkbeck, University of London. In 2020, she and Julia Grosse were awarded “European Cultural Manager of the Year”.
In partnership with BPA// Berlin program for artists. Founded in 2016 by Angela Bulloch, Simon Denny, and Willem de Rooij, BPA// Berlin program for artists facilitates exchange between emerging and established Berlin-based artists through public lectures, joint exhibition projects and reciprocal studio visits. BPA Talks 6 is the sixth event in the framework of the 2021 partnership between KW and BPA.