PROJECT M/19 | LONELINESS AND OTHER FALSE FRIENDS
LONELINESS AND OTHER FALSE FRIENDS
URBAN NATION Project Space
BÜLOWSTR. 97, 10783 BERLIN
OPENING: THURSDAY, 27 APRIL, 7 PM
EXHIBITION DURATION: 28 APRIL 2023 – 18 AUGUST 2023
TUE- WED 10:00-18:00
URBAN NATION presents the latest group exhibition in the series Project M/:
Project M/19 LONELINESS AND OTHER FALSE FRIENDS, curated by Michelle Houston.
The exhibition functions as both a response and a call – to feedback from visitors as part of the main URBAN NATION: TALKING… & OTHER BANANA SKINS exhibition. Museum visitors were asked to say what issues they thought needed to be discussed in society. An overwhelming majority mentioned the issue of mental health.
The artworks presented deal with the processing of emotions and the stresses that modern life places on mental health. Loneliness is one of the biggest accelerators of poor mental health. Following isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people – especially young people – are displaying mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm, often exacerbated by social media.
In the URBAN NATION project space, visitors are immersed in the colour blue. Blue represents the feeling of being sad or isolated. Throughout art history, artists have created some of their best works in blue phases. Blue is also the colour of infinite, vast horizons and has a calming effect. The artworks show both the individual connection to the negative effects of loneliness and mental health, but also stand for a collective and universal reading. The exhibition presents paintings, installations and sculptures from across the spectrum of urban and contemporary art.
ACCOMPANYING THE EXHIBITION
On the occasion of the ceremonial opening of LONELINESS AND OTHER FALSE FRIENDS and in conjunction with Gallery Weekend, URBAN NATION presents a programme beyond the exhibition. Berlin artists will create a new series of murals, the C-Walls (Community Walls), which take up the exhibition theme on and around Bülowstraße.
The exhibition itself serves as a space for public discourse, conversations and workshops.
Event highlights include a mural design with artist Honey Beebs in collaboration with the Anna Freud School. In addition, there is the art workshop “Talk about it” with artist Fehmi Baumbach as well as photographer Darius Ramazani in partnership with Freunde fürs Leben e.V. for children in grades 11 to 13.
Inside the exhibition, there is a large seating area where visitors are encouraged to
engage with the works and receive further reading material on mental health topics.