Survival Kit for the Art Market

Residency

The first residency is taking place between March and May 2021 with Estonian artists Alexei Gordin and Marko Mäetamm. The residency will result as a group exhibition Survival Kit for the Art Market together with artist Kennet Lekko, focusing on the madness, beauty, senselessness and necessity of the existence of the art market.

After the first lockdown the scene could take a breath and everybody felt more prepared for the second wave, but nobody knows which consequences the artists and cultural landscape will be confronted with, if there is a third lockdown coming. Institutions will not engage with the planning of the upcoming years and collaborations get put on hold – 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, how to preserve one‘s own aesthetic development from being too influenced by the environment and finally to use this situation as a potential, not as an obstacle.

Berlin as a hub and European creative center is a location where the poles of high and low crash into each other, causing a wide gap between the establishment and the underground. This tension is fuel and danger at the same time, and an implosion of this system is certain. After the show in Berlin the exhibition will travel to Kogo Gallery in Tartu, which is from the beginning a part of the thematic reflection. The differences and whishes, expectations and failures of the artists regarding the European art market have their roots in Estonia and have extended from there.

Exhibition

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

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.

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

Both residency and exhibition supported by Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Berlin, Kogo Gallery, Goethe Institute, Rebel Art Management, post-gallery.online and MTÜ Eesti-Saksa Kunstikoostöö

Photos by Andreas Baudisch