Siobhán Hapaska in NGORONGORO II
Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin (part of Berlin Gallery Weekend)
26–29 April 2018
During Berlin’s Gallery Weekend 2018 and for the second time since 2015, the 6.000 square meter complex of studios in Berlin – Weissensee is the site for an extensive group exhibition. Today, it is a sprawling studio development, renovated over the past years by a group of Berlin-based artists.
In 2015, there were more than 15.000 visitors to the 4-day exhibition, which this year hosts over 150 artists, including Roger Ballen, George Baselitz, John Bock, Mat Collishaw, Marlene Dumas, Martin Eder, Gilbert and George, Gregor Hildebrandt, Andy Hope 1930, Jürgen Klauke, Alicja Kwade, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Marilyn Minter, Bruce Nauman, Shirin Neshat, Anselm Reyle, Robin Rhode, Anri Sala and Bill Viola.
Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcanic crater in Tanzania. This paradise is also host to the largest concentration of predatory animals in Africa. The principle of this exhibition follows from this opposition. The collision of so many differing artistic identities forms the foundation of the exhibition. In contrast to normative curatorial practices, the initiators of Ngorongoro trust in this phenomenon.
The selection of the participating artists does not take place according to usual curatorial parameters. Academic and conceptual discourse are not the primary concern, nor is the pressure of the market. The process is aesthetic and intuitive. Artists inviting artists.
The non – commercial background of the project allows the initiators to invite both internationally known and less recognized artists to participate, as such the exhibition highlights the influence and importance of artists engagement with the work of their contemporaries.
THE EXHIBITION IS INITIATED BY CHRISTIAN ACHENBACH, JONAS BURGERT, ZHIVAGO DUNCAN, ANDREJ GOLDER, JOHN ISAACS, ANDREAS MÜHE AND DAVID NICHOLSON.