Art Residency @ Wedding

Dr. Christina Thesing /Maurin Dietrich

Wedding’s cultural scene is divers and very dynamic – just think of Uferhallen, ExRotaprint or Stattbad. Now, schir enables artists and curators from Israel to live in Wedding at Osloer Strasse for up to three months, to work there and to discover Berlin’s art scene. So far, all of the guests from Israel found one thing: That Wedding’s alternative art scene is particularly exciting. In Israel, even small galleries are often very commercial and not keen on trying something new – that is completely different here. For schir it is important to move the main topics of conversations about and with Israel away from the ever-dominating subjects Holocaust and conflict in the Middle East. The German perspective of Israel is as one-sided as Israel’s view of Germany – but art can create bridges.

Friederike and Gali Schir created their project schir in 2009 with branches in Berlin, Hannover and Tel Aviv. It is their goal to enable exchange and networking between artists, curators, art critics and lovers from Germany and Israel. To do this, they are tightly connected with cultural centres, cultural projects and universities. From July, one of the most famous contemporary artists from Israel is living in Wedding: Erez Israeli. His exhibitions in Moscow, Rome, Amsterdam and Munich made him famous and gave him a number of awards and scholarships.

Apart from the flat at Osloer Strasse, there are further schir residencies in Jerusalem and Herzliya. Artists who have a great interest in the respective country and aim at doing a project linked with this interest have good chances for a residency with schir. After their stay, the artists bring their impressions back to their home countries and help to fix the skewed perception. Another focus of schir is organizing exciting exhibitions. During the 2012 I am a Berliner exhibition, pieces of international artists living in Berlin were shown in Tel Aviv. As Kennedy’s famous sentence intended, the exhibition made clear that anyone living in Berlin is a Berliner in his or her very own way, independent from the passport.


Author: Juliane Orsenne

Translation: Daniela Hombach

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