Exhibitions

Nanna Hänninen | Vanishing View

Nanna Hänninen | Vanishing View


Opening: Friday, 02 February 2024, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 03 February – 16 March 2024
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects is proud to present Nanna Hänninen’s exhibition Vanishing View. In the selected works, Hänninen focuses on current environmental issues that affect global communities, while intrinsically warning all of a future that is fast approaching. Her minimalist work conceptually challenges our perceptions of climate change by exploring through photography the gradual disappearance of uniquely diverse ecosystems. Exploring these impacts, Hänninen combines different, seemingly detached objects and places. In merging these factors together, the artist has found her own way to visually address the urgency of climate protection.

Portraiture as Social Commentary


Opening: Friday, 17 November 2023, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 18 November 2023 – 27 January 2024
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 34–35, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects is delighted to present the latest group exhibition titled Portraiture as Social Commentary; this exhibition not only highlights the different aspects of the genre but also links together a variety of artistic perspectives. A portrait is a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, or any other representation of a person in which the face and its expressions are predominant. They reveal the presence of the subject viewed from the perspective of the artist – a merger of contrasts between what’s projected by one and perceived by another. These images become mirrors of many faces that reflect both the political and cultural undercurrents relevant to the time period in which they were conceived.
Portraiture as Social Commentary
Marcin Jasik | Everything Ahead of Us

Marcin Jasik | Everything Ahead of Us

Exhibition: 14 September – 11 November 2023
Opening: Friday, 15 September 2023, 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

In the framework of Berlin Art Week, Persons Projects is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of young Polish painter Marcin Jasik, last year’s winner of the international STRABAG Award of Recognition.
 
His abstract paintings carry their own visual literacy, which he then reduces through his own aesthetic filter to create a feeling of open spatiality. They emit a sense of lightness in how he utilizes an effortless score of gestures and strokes through a series of applied lines and shapes to create a state of ocular tensions. Jasik builds up his reduced narrative by using thin layers of paint and acrylics to choreograph his own synaptic compositions in his visual pursuit of what's essential, the essence behind what we see but feel. His paintings float somewhere between a pale John Zurier and a reduced Antonio Tapies. They represent his pursuit to form a new perspective on how to balance the material world with the spiritual.

Angular Dynamics

Grey Crawford | Józef Robakowski

Exhibition: 14 September – 11 November 2023
Opening: Friday, 15 September 2023, 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin

For this year’s Berlin Art Week, Persons Projects is proud to present the duo exhibition Angular Dynamics focused on early experiments with photography and film. As both media were oriented more toward image making, a lens-based practice of capturing what was in front of the camera, these kinds of experimentations were ground-breaking for later developments. This exhibition focuses on how these two experimental artists, Grey Crawford and Józef Robakowski, both from different political and artistic cultures, used their chosen mediums as a means to create and challenge the accepted borders of what art was at the time.
Angular Dynamics
The Helsinki School Perspective

The Helsinki School Perspective

Opening: Friday, 30 June 2023, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 1 July – 9 September 2023
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 34 and 35, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects warmly welcomes you to our summer exhibition: The Helsinki School Perspective. The show is presented in both gallery spaces Lindenstr. 34 and 35, featuring a selection of artists, all of whom had pivotal roles in the beginning of the Helsinki School. The exhibition is dedicated to the historical aspect, exploring how these artists use the photographic processes as a voice for abstraction and a tool for interpreting their emotional landscapes. The Helsinki School platform was created by Timothy Persons in the 1990s, who became inspired by his experience with the Open Studio Concept that was popular during his graduate studies in the mid-1970s in Southern California. It grew to become the most extended sustainable educational platform of its kind consisting of 6 generations of selected MA students originating from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. There are now more than 180 monogram books and 6 volumes of the Helsinki School book that have evolved from this program. This exhibition is curated to reintroduce a new perspective on the conceptual roots that built The Helsinki School.

Paweł Książek | Movement

Exhibition: 27 April – 28 June 2023

Opening: Friday, 28 April 2023, 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects is proud to present a selection of paintings and drawings from Paweł Książek's latest series Movement dedicated to the development of experimental dance in the Weimar Republic. The starting point for Książek's series are two preserved photographs of the Viennese dancer Susanne Birkmeyer taken by Trude (Gertrude) Fleischmann in the 1930s in Vienna. Because of her Jewish background, Fleischmann was forced to emigrate to Paris, London, and eventually, with the help of her former student and lover Helen Post, to New York after the Anschluss in 1938. With his series, Książek engages in a direct dialogue with these pioneering artists, some of whom have been forgotten, and thus revives their art.

Paweł Książek | Movement
Refractive Landscapes

Refractive Landscapes


Exhibition: 27 April – 28 June 2023

Opening: Friday, 28 April 2023, 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2023, Persons Projects is proud to present the group exhibition Refractive Landscapes. The show focuses on a selected group of artists from the Helsinki School who use abstraction as their mutual language in heightening our awareness of environmental changes in our natural surroundings. By using different photographic methods, the presented artworks capture the transformation of light through time and unveil the collective poses of change. Sharing an openness of form as well as a lack of sharpness of lines, the presented works bridge a conceptual dialogue between photography and painting that float on time, not in it.

Katarzyna Kozyra | Fressen

Opening: Friday, 3 March 2023, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 3 March – 22 April 2023
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

For this year’s EMOP Berlin (European Month of Photography), Persons Projects is proud to present a project Fressen, the most recent work of Polish-born performing-video artist Katarzyna Kozyra. On view are the photographic series as well as the video recordings of the performance that was realized in the fall of 2021 at Warsaw’s Teatr Powszechny.
Katarzyna Kozyra | Fressen
The Veneer of Happiness

The Veneer of Happiness

Ulla Jokisalo | Katarzyna Kozyra | KwieKulik | Dominik Lejman | Santeri Tuori

Opening: Friday, 3 March 2023, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 3 March – 22 April 2023
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects is proud to present a group exhibition, The Veneer of Happiness. The show focuses on the various myths and stereotypes associated with how success equates with happiness. These collected works exemplify the art of observing and displaying various states of happiness through altered realities from different perspectives: While Dominik Lejman and Katarzyna Kozyra share a common interest in challenging common concepts of beauty, we experience another perspective in the work of KwieKulik and Ulla Jokisalo whose works question and confront how western culture bends reality to fit certain norms or expectations in politics, economics or gender that define our presumed narrative for what happiness should look like.