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Archive: June 2013

Discover This: Modest Reception

Somewhere on the mountain roads in Iran, there is a couple with a trunk full of money on a mission to give it all away to random people on their way. That’s about as much information as you can take for granted in this breathtakingly weird road movie that turns from absurd comedy to social drama to dazzling mystery thriller in the course of its 100 minutes.

Lunch in Berlin: Kantine

To call this place a Kantine (canteen) is of course a total understatement, not only because it belongs to the David Chipperfield Architect’s office and is thus impeccably designed, but also because the offered dishes only revoke memories of bland canteen food while actually being delicious. After closing down their first location, the team opened a new restaurant called Das Lokal (a personal favorite of mine thanks to its beautiful atmosphere and down-to-earth local and seasonal food) a couple of years ago. Now the entirely new build Chipperfield Berlin offices are finished and so is the remise in its backyard, the new home of Kantine.

It's time for art. Exhibition view of Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie, still on view until Sept 30th

Art in Berlin: Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie

I first heard about the photographer Tobias Zielony from my doctor, who told me to write my master thesis in art history about him instead of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. He considered his approach to photographing young people, also the main subject of Dijkstra, to be more interesting. Despite me rejecting my doctor’s suggestion, Zielony stayed in my mind since this conversation and naturally I was interested to see his new work Jenny Jenny exhibited at Berlinische Galerie. The just recently finished series portrays different women, without any of them being clearly identified as _the_ Jenny, in what supposedly is their working and living environment. The photographs quickly identify them as sex workers, many of them are taken at night or in artificial, often deep red light, many of them semi- or completely nude, posing for the camera. Additionally, their job is mentioned in the press text to the exhibition.