BUSCH

Though we all know and love Berlin Art Week, it’s true that the long list of conceptual exhibitions in shiny white spaces can tend to run together. A sure firework in the 2019 schedule will be the exhibition and launch party of busch magazine — a daring new endeavour in print media.

The Berlin-based team behind busch assembled out of a common interest in the new urgency of print media. In the oversaturated digital era, day to day life is spent drowning in rushed online content, leaving the population hungrier than ever for the tactility and lasting value of print publications.

Each issue of the biannual busch is a multidisciplinary exploration of a single word theme, selected in alphabetical order and beginning with B for busch/bush (to be followed by C for chemie/chemistry and so on). Their debut mag is an amalgamation of viewpoints of creative contributors from around the globe, representing a broad range of interests, methods, purposes, practices and demographics. The many artists, writers and thinkers were given a sole prompt “busch/bush”, which they interpreted freely; with no master to please or requirements to meet, the texts, images and artworks included in the issue and exhibition are the products of uninhibited expression.

 

The premiere of the exhibition reflects yet another commitment to warding off the woes of the digital age, by providing the busch contributors with a physical place to exhibit their creations, and foster artistic community. The wildly diverse works, shown in the converted raw space of the abandoned race track Avus Tribüne, reflect the sheer diversity of meaning. From experimentally produced eco-garments to hand-blown Italian glass sculptures, the busch exhibition is sure to surprise and delight those seeking a Berlin Art Week experience that’s off the beaten track of the Mitte gallery circuit.

Those attending the show can expect to see new works by this colourful cast of characters, plus many more:

 

Gabriel Rico

Gabriel Rico combines found, collected, and manufactured materials to create sculptures that invite viewers to reflect on the relationship between humans and the natural environment. He frequently uses neon, taxidermy, ceramics, branches, and more personal pieces of his past to create an equation or formulation.The Guadalajara based artist is heavily influenced by philosophy, science and technology, and considers his practice an ongoing attempt to materialise knowledge.

Slava Mogutin

Born in Siberia, Slava Mogutin is a Russian-American multimedia artist and author, who has been exiled from Russia for his outspoken writings and activism. A third-generation writer and self-taught journalist and photographer, he became the first Russian to be granted political asylum in the US on the grounds of homophobic persecution. Mogutin’s work examines the notions of displacement and identity, pride and shame, devotion and disaffection, love and hate.

Alejandra Hernández

Alejandra Hernández is a Bogotá born and based painter, who spent years travelling the world living, working and researching different cultures, beliefs, traditions and crafts. She renders dark humour in acid-coloured universes, which mirror the information influx of the digital age. By translating visual metaphors, symbols and narrative in her image-making, Hernández harnesses both an individual and collective female power.

Thy Tran

After years working as a fashion photographer in Melbourne, the independent artist Thy Tran has returned home to live and work in Saigon. The overall aim in Tran’s ongoing photo series is to rupture the insistent and toxic male gaze. Her self-cast staged images experiment with lesbian stereotypes to harness a personal and political agency that has been traditionally denied to marginalised groups.

Sakuya Aoyaki

This Thai-Japanese fashion designer turned illustrator is celebrated for championing LGBTQ+ visibility in Thai society. Aoyaki’s exclusive new work uses the physical language and various postures of alternative sex practices to reflect queer intimacy. Using considered drawing techniques and colour selection, Aoyaki demands acceptance through a protest in line, form and hue.

 

The busch launch party on September 10th begins at 7pm and will feature varied musical acts: including hip hop and techno sets from DJ CBT, a performance from singer-songwriter Ivohé, and a closing act by Blasententzydung — a virtual punk band. rsvp @ source@busch.world

Text CASSIDY GEORGE
Title Photo JASON ALTAAN
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