“Von Hier Zu Mir,” an art exhibition running from January 8 to February 12 at the Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut, features eight Balkan artists, each with a unique perception of “home” and how they’ve grown outside the boundary of those comforts. They’ve found a new home, here, in this wild Berlin world. But how does that change their perception of their real home–and of themselves?
The Balkan artists—working in all mediums, from portraits to photography to video—are a vibrant part of the Berlin art scene and thusly in tune with the city’s aesthetic. “From Here To Myself” allows them to reflect on the space between this, their adopted city, and Balkan countries that they used to call home: Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Bosnia. And that distance, the line between Berlin and the Balkans, links them all together.
And thusly: this exhibit, curated by Berlin-based Macedonian artist Jovan Balov, is a great backdrop for ex-pat reflection—a time for us out-of-towners, all trying to make Berlin feel like “home”, to realize where we’ve been and how each step, each decision we make takes us further from that initial truth. And perhaps if we continue to recognize our link to the past, our experience here will feel richer, more purposeful. We are more than who we once were, at “home.” And that, represented with “From Here To Myself,” is ultimately beautiful.
List of Featured Berlin-Based Balkan Artists:
Lovro Artukovic of Croatia
Laurie Georgopoulos of Greece
Ben Kamili of Macedonia
Semra Sevin of Germany and Turkey
Tijana Titin of Serbia
Boriana Pertschinska of Bulgaria
Nihad Nino Pusija of Bosnia
Jovan Balov of Macedonia
Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut, Leipziger Str. 114
January 8-February 12, 2016