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

Upcoming exhibition project

"Metaphysics of Core Matter" is a project at the intersection of art, research and industry. The artist Silja Yvette examines packaging bodies in their problematic dimension 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, polystyrene, aluminium, which are already worthless at the moment of their destination. These materials, which are quickly disposed of in everyday life, are cared for by Silja Yvette and raised onto a symbolic pedestal in (temporary) sculptures and photographs. 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 contradiction at the same time, a being touched as an impulse 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 bio-based and recycled raw materials in particular. This approach is unusual for the branch of photography; photo production and presentation often have a poor ecological footprint for very different reasons and thus fatal effects on the environment, humans and animals.

A selection of works from the MOCM series, including new and not yet shown works as well as a sculpture, will now be presented in March 2023 in a pop up intervention of Galerie Arimont curated by Katharina Arimont and artistically directed by Silja Yvette herself at Auguststraße 83, Berlin Mitte. 


The exhibition project was chosen to be part of the largest German photography festival, European Month of Photography Berlin (EMOP). This festival will take place in March 2023, it is organised by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in cooperation with museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam. It has been held every two years in Berlin since 2004 and presents numerous exhibitions and events on historical and contemporary photography.


There will be an interdisciplinary symposium and short tours of the exhibition. 

In addition, we will work with Silja Yvette's artistic approach in the framework of an art in strategy® project in sustainable structures of economic systems to provide innovative impulses for materials research and the circular economy.

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