In their first visit to The United Arab Emirates, Berlin-based BBA Gallery presents “Poetics of Change,” an exhibition showcasing a diverse collection of art from six artists until March 3rd, each examining themes of transition and transformation through their own, unique styles. The exhibition is taking place at Fann A Porter gallery at The Workshop, Dubai.
Established in 2015 and run by an all-female team of artists, BBA – or Berlin Blue Arts, to give it its full name – is a contemporary art gallery in the centre of Berlin, representing critically informed artists with strong, visually-compelling styles across a wide spectrum of media. Promoting fellow creatives by offering them a chance to be seen and recognised for their artistic works is fundamental to the BBA ethos.
BBA Gallery is curated by directors Renata Kudlacek and Nele Ouwens, both of whom are lending their works to the exhibition, hosted by the Fann A Porter art gallery in Dubai.
Kudlacek’s handcrafted silk screen prints seek to emphasize the science of nature in cycles of transformation and metamorphosis, presented here through a rich, chaotic abundance of beautiful, entangled plants and colourful butterflies.
Ouwens’ paintings, on the other hand, imagine encounters between humans, animals and nature in poetic environments, sublimely shifting between realism and the surreal. She uses this contrast to encourage the viewer to contemplate the quirkiness and mystery in her choice of subjects.
Also part of the exhibition, Vishal Shah’s roughly one minute video piece “Epoh” follows the emotional story of a traveller as they leave both their home and Planet Earth on a journey into the vast unknown. The audience witnesses Epoh attempt to overcome the obstacles in their path, and are invited to reflect upon their own journeys and ultimately, the universality of hope.
Giulietta Coates’ photographic interpretations of landscapes create allegories for the fleeting, transitory quality of beauty itself. At the same time, they remind the viewer of their own mortality, perhaps the most significant transition that we all must come to terms with.
Silvia Binda Heiserova’s paintings explore the repetitive elements and patterns within modern urban spaces by transforming them into abstracted, colourful forms, questioning whether there is the possibility of change within the structures of the patriarchal establishment from a critical feminist perspective.
Finally, Susanne Piotter’s fictional landscape prints and concrete architectural sculptures serve as an inspired demonstration of the dichotomy of nature versus culture, examining the role that it plays in the transition from past to present, to future.
‘Poetics of Change’ is taking place at Fann A Porter gallery at The Workshop and it is ongoing until the 3rd of March, 2019
By Robert McKelvey