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Exhibition ‘Lokale Signale’

We are delighted to invite you to a new exhibition at roam. The exhibition titled ‘Lokale Signale’ presents two artistic positions – one by the Brazilian artist Hélio Fervenza (Venice Biennale Brazilian pavilion 2013, Biennale São Paulo 2012) and other by Berlin based artist Ottjörg A.C. (Retrospective “Wings and Windows”, at Ai WeiWei’s Chinese Art Archives and Warehouse curated by Hans van Dyk 1999, Havana Biennial 2006, Ljubljana Biennial 2013)

Exhibition opening:
17th of September, 4 pm – 8 pm
18th of September, 4 pm – 8 pm
Open until:
9th of October, Thursday to Saturday, 4 pm – 7 pm or by appointment
Lindenstraße 90
10969 Berlin

The exhibition is happening during the Berlin Art Week, one of the most important art event taking place in the city, presenting a diverse programme by various museums, exhibition houses, fairs, private collections, project spaces, and numerous galleries

Exhibition is supported by Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil (CNPq) and Berliner Senat für kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Past events

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Direkte Auktion II preview at roam

We cordially invite you to the preview of two slots within the Direkte Auktion II, Chapter 3 at roam. We are pleased to present slot 15 curated by Helene Bosecker and slot 16 by Gudny Gudmundsdottir.

In Chapter 3 Helene Bosecker curated the slot 15 with an Estonian-German focus – 5 of 10 artists are coming from the Estonian art scene and work between Tallinn and Berlin.

The title of the slot I miss who I thought I was goes back to an artwork by the Estonian artist Kennet Lekko brings the heterogeneous positions through the complex nesting of time and content together: This look from the present into the past, at a concrete state that no longer exists in this form, is thematized by the artists in a variety of ways. At the level of the material, where the direct exposure of photosensitive paper captures an ephemeral moment in composition and colour. Or a sensitive selection of materials leads to a new experience, soft in fact is hard, fluid is static. In terms of content, this double return functions via biographical moments that ask about the past self and the ways of thinking attached to it, searching for self-location and orientation. Social structures and the patterns linked to them, constructing images and established cliches which constantly influence our lives and should be addressed.
So this slot is about nothing else but everything, everything existential, true, unrealistic, new and aspirational.

Participating artists Slot 15:
Elvira Akzigitova, Marta Djourina, Kelli Gedvil, Alexei Gordin, Vera Kox, Kennet Lekko, Lukas Liese, Lisa Peters, Kristen Rästas, Yannick Riemer

Participating artists Slot 16:
Adam Christensen, Anna Júlía Fridbjörnsdóttir, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Hulda Rós Gudnadottir, Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, Kolbeinn Hugi, Icelandic Love Corporation, Ivy Lee, Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir

Opening hours:
Tue, 31.08.21, 3 – 9 p.m.
Wed – Sat, 04.09.21, 3 – 6 p.m.

Direkte Auktion II gathers over 750 artworks made in Berlin by artists from all over the world. Sourced by 31 curating teams and local galleries. The auction is divided into 6 chapters.

“A grassroots revolution for the art market from Berlin, in Berlin, meant for Berlin as well as the rest of the world. Teams of curators select artworks and artefacts from Berlin, which will be auctioned off after multi-day previews in galleries and project spaces. Emerging to Established. Cheap-Art to Bluechip. Postcolonialism to Post-Internet-Art and Modernity.”

The auction takes place on 4.09.2021

More information at Direkte Auktion website

Exhibition ‘Survival Kit for the Art Market’

The exhibition called Survival Kit for the Art Market presents the works of the first two residency artists at roam – Alexei Gordin and Marko Mäetamm, together with artist Kennet Lekko. The theme of the exhibition focuses on the madness, senselessness and necessity of the existence of the art market and the challenges connected to this capitalist phenomena.

The fact that being an artist nowadays comes with the certainty of an omnipresent struggle is already common knowledge. Capitalism and creativity are in most cases opponents and just weirdly go along with each other. How to be freely creative when the market is asking for another aesthetic? How to maintain a path of authenticity when the gallerist wants a certain topic and size of an artwork? The crisis hit the scene hard but honestly it was shit before – a survival kit for the art market is urgently needed. But this is not a story about victims, it‘s a journey of discovering how to survive within these conditions, without being eaten by expectations, providing what is asked for and dealing with the situation if somebody or something managed to take a bite. Keeping body and soul together is a matter of sharing and communicating. This show invites to a dialog about the shit that exists, the conflicts which result out of this moment and the thoughts we should share.

Exhibition: 1 July 2021 – 4 July 2021, 2 – 7 pm (and by appointment)
Opening: 1 July, 7- 10 pm
Artist Talk: 3 July, 7pm

After the show in Berlin, the exhibition will travel to Kogo Gallery in Tartu, Estonia

Supported by Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Berlin, Kogo Gallery, Goethe Institute, Rebel Art Management, and MTÜ Eesti-Saksa Kunstikoostöö

Exhibition ‘Grow Up Get Over It’

We kindly invite you to an exhibition ‘Grow Up Get Over It’ by Kelli Gedvil, Robin Ellis Meta and Kristen Rästas.

Opened 11.06-19.06.2021
Every day 2pm-7pm

The group exhibition presents three artists who explore ways to present oneself as a contemporary artist in a scene that is success oriented yet fragile in terms of sustainability. The self-ironic undertone of the exhibition comes from a reflection on the cultural world, where artists often don’t have social security, but are expected to work for free. Unavailability of a seriously functioning salary system, being constantly misunderstood within the work field and the never ending blinding race to success creates conditions where one can easily lose touch with their true self and choose to live the life of a persona instead. This will eventually build up to a desire to keep and live up to the appearance of the fiction. The artists have dealt with this, turned it around, and manifested an alternative source of inspiration. The displayed video installations act as self-portraits of each artist by honestly showing a side of themselves that would normally be expected to be kept hidden. By doing this, they reclaim their individuality. The digitality of the exhibited artworks, whether fully implemented in the medium or just slightly hinted at, promotes a hope for a change within the system that inflicts burnout. Having abandoned more traditional methods of creation, the artists’ self-portraits are accompanied by sculptural artworks, often being created with ready-made objects that enter ordinary life by being amplified in the context of the exhibition. By taking a microscopic look onto the skin one lives in, with all of its imperfections, they communicate about accepting the uncanny and the awkward. Everyday idiosyncratic social interactions and other true life happenings have influenced a visual language that makes jokes about oneself while being kind of serious simultaneously. Finding joy and pleasure in creation is the answer to overcoming the hardships of this chosen career path and to keep on going.

Thanks to Rebel Art Management, Ottjörg A.C., Ian Simon Märjama, Egle Ehtjen, Andreas Baudisch, Lukas Liese.
Exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.