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Silja Yvette
Metaphysics of Core Matter
as part of the EMOP Berlin 2023

2.-31. März 2023

Pop-up Exhibition by Galerie Arimont at Galerie Gesellschaft,

Auguststr. 83, 10117 Berlin, Vernissage 2. März, 5-10 pm

Metaphysics of Core Matter is a foundational interrogation of contemporary materials at the intersection of art, research and industry. Artist Silja Yvette explores packaging bodies in their problematic dimensions and expansion for the environment. In the social context, packaging bodies are to be understood as archetypes of consumption - mass-produced articles made of foam, Styrofoam, aluminum, which are already worthless at the moment of their destination. These materials, which are quickly disposed of in everyday life, are taken care of by Silja Yvette and raised to a symbolic pedestal. A new value is ascribed to them with a reference to what they actually stand for: an image of the contemporary reality of accelerated life. A construction kit of modernity. With a sensual aesthetic and iconic staging that provokes the foreign in the familiar, Silja Yvette invites the viewers of her works to come into closer contact with their motifs. In this way, the foreign in the familiar leads to a confrontation with the everyday in an extraordinary dimension of perception and resistance at the same time, a being touched as an impetus for reflections on sustainability and feelings about our earth, world and our own actions.

In contrast to the image motifs, the series poses the question of its own photographic production and incorporates above all bio-based and recycled raw materials. This approach is unusual for the branch of photography; photo production and presentation often has a poor ecological footprint for very different reasons and thus fatal effects on the environment, humans and animals.

Works from the project have already been shown in Lisbon, Berlin, Mannheim and Paris, among other places. Continuously Silja Yvette pursues her approach and creates more works. A selection of works from the project, including new and not-yet-shown works, will now be shown in March 2023 as part of the European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP), curated by Katharina Arimont and artistically directed by Silja Yvette herself.

EMOP is the largest German photography festival. It has been held every two years in Berlin since 2004 and presents numerous exhibitions and events on historical and contemporary photography. The festival is organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam.

The exhibition is intended to open up space for reflection, in which the theme of sustainability is explored on various levels. This is intended to bring about a change not only in the artifact itself, but also in the contexts in which each new artwork takes its position. At the same time, a debate on sustainable material production in photography is to be opened.

The exhibition is also the starting point of a longer-term collaboration between Silja Yvette and Katharina Arimont, in which the two will use the artistic approach Silja Yvette in sustainable structures of economic systems to provide innovative impulses for the circular economy. This transformative approach, which integrates art into entrepreneurial value creation and strengthens the innovative power of business enterprises, is what Katharina Arimont is pursuing with her startup art in strategy®, under whose umbrella Galerie Arimont is located. The project will be dedicated to the theme of myth and progress. Exciting means in the context include accelerated aging processes - as an attempt by humans to look into the future.

Symposium accompanying the exhibition:

Sustainable innovation in photography and photographic production. Interdisciplinary symposium with guests from the fields of art, economics and philosophy.

Saturday 18 March 15:00-18:00

In conversation with guests from the fields of art, economics and philosophy, reflections on sustainability and sustainable material production will be discussed in an interdisciplinary context and space for discussion and innovation will be opened.

The symposium will be moderated by Katharina Arimont. Participating guests include artist Silja Yvette and RECOM ART Berlin, the global company for high-quality photo production and research with which the artist developed the sustainable presentation form of the "Metaphysics of Core Matter" series using bio-based and recycled materials.

All guests and further information about the symposium will be announced soon.


Exhibition accompanying short guided tours:

Curator Katharina Arimont will lead a guided tour through Silja Yvette's work series Metaphysics of Core Matter. (duration approx. 30 minutes)
Further information will be announced soon.

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