January 2018 AT LITTLE BERLIN


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In the Main Gallery: EST & UTC + 5

Ten Collaborative Projects by Twenty Artists

January 13 - 28th

Opening Reception (Little Berlin): Saturday, January 13th, 6-9pm EST

Named after the technical time zones where the artists are located, EST & UTC +5 brings together 10 artists from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 10 artists from Karachi, Pakistan, in an effort to connect across time and space through the universal language of art.

Immersed in a world where technology aims to increase communication and connect us, we often find ourselves alienated. Considering this paradox, EST & UTC +5  is an attempt to use creative collaboration to foster interpersonal and cross cultural connections. In October 2017, ten artists, writers, designers, performers, and makers from Philadelphia and ten from Karachi were matched into partners like modern day pen pals. Throughout the next few months, each of the 10 pairs embarked on an independent, personal exchange to get to know each others’ lives, work, and context with the ultimate goal of creating a collaborative work of art. Based on shared interests and dialog, each pair outlined parameters for their joint project, considering what ‘local’ means to each of them, and how much of that ‘local’ could be transported to each other, both assisted and limited by their only form of communication: text, images, and the occasional phone call or video chat. Within the timeline of this project, the artists would never meet. Their entire relationship would exist online, through an exchange of emails, text messages, Skype conversations, and social media posts, separated by a ten hour time difference.

The result was 10 distinct collaborative works of art, created by the 10 pairs, exhibited  simultaneously in Philadelphia and Karachi (at Little Berlin and at FOMMA Trust, respectively), as well as a zine published to mark the completion of the projects. The artwork shown ranges in medium and form, including interactive performance, extensive and intimate photographic and written documentation of daily life, site specific installation, and others. Throughout their conversations and creative partnerships, each artist learned more about the other’s culture, artistic practice, and personality. In EST & UTC +5 art is a bridge to connect citizens from political opposites on the world stage, a catalyst for real friendships and empathy in an increasingly divided world.

 

This project and exhibition was co-curated by Terrill Warrenburg and Fiza Khatri who re-connected on social media several years after spending a summer together during an artist residency in New York. For further questions please contact fizaakhatri@gmail.com and terrill.warrenburg@gmail.com

 

Participating Artists:

  • Anam Abbas (Karachi, Pakistan) and Em Jensen (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Aziza Ahmed (Karachi, Pakistan) and Paige Fetchen (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Fiza Khatri (Karachi, Pakistan) and Ethan Patrick Sherman (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Saad Khurshid (Karachi, Pakistan) and Cayla Lockwood (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sadia Khatri (Karachi, Pakistan) and Terrill Warrenburg (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Samya Arif (Karachi, Pakistan) and Will Owen (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sara Pagganwala (Karachi, Pakistan) and Eric Anthony Berdis (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Shaanay Mansur (Karachi, Pakistan) and Amalia Wiatr Lewis (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Veera Rustomji (Karachi, Pakistan) and Alyssa Kreilick (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Yasser Vayani (Karachi, Pakistan) and Alex Schechter (Philadelphia, PA)

 

Additional Events:

Opening Reception (Little Berlin): Saturday, January 13th, 6-9pm EST

Community Night (Little Berlin): Saturday, Jan 27th - 6-9pm EST (Meet the LB members, Potluck dinner, Games)

Little Berlin Gallery hours: by appointment only please email terrill.warrenburg@gmail.com

 

 

Little Berlin

2430 Coral Street

Kensington, Philadelphia PA

 

FOMMA Trust

FDAC, Zamzama Park, Zamzama Boulevard,Phase 5, DHA

Karachi, Pakistan

OPEN CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP Deadline: January 15th at midnight Click here for more information on how to become a curator/ member of Little Berlin   Little Berlin Open Call APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP: Due January 15th at Midnight   Little Berlin welcomes your application for membership. We are a collective of artists and curators committed to experimental and innovative programming and exhibitions. Our focus is on visual arts, without any clearly defined expectations of what that means. Our collective is unique for its emphasis on curation and programming: members support one another to promote artists and ideas beyond the art practices of individual members. Based in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, we occupy facilities that can accommodate a wide range of artworks and display methods. Each member has the opportunity to create one month-long exhibition in the Little Berlin main gallery space per year (on average) and also to initiate many programs and smaller shows in our Annex space in an on-going, flexible rotation. Our collective also participates in many external events in Philadelphia and beyond. We frequently host and participate in exchanges with other artists and collectives. Each member brings vision, commitment, skills, and work-ethic to the collective; in turn, each member benefits equally from Little Berlin’s resources and reach.   We invite you to submit the following materials via email to berlin.little@gmail.com.   Please title the subject line “Membership Application” and in a single PDF document combine: Cover Letter (300-500 words) List your contact information (with any applicable links to websites, projects, etc.) List you preferred pronouns. Introduce yourself and describe what you can contribute to Little Berlin. Describe what you hope to gain from membership at Little Berlin. Describe an exhibition or event that you would like to organize at Little Berlin. Answer: Do you live in Philadelphia and are you able to attend Little Berlin events and meetings? (Tell us a bit about your schedule and your relationship to the city.) CV or Resume (3 page Max) Artist/Curatorial Statement (2 page Max) 3-5 examples of your work (FOR IMAGES- resize to 1280-1920 pixels on long end @ 72 Dpi) Little Berlin will only review complete applications. We will contact you if you are a finalist for membership. The collective will meet with all finalists in person before extending invitations to join Little Berlin. At this stage you also have the opportunity to ask detailed questions to help you decide if Little Berlin is the right fit for you. Membership in Little Berlin entails pro-active involvement in your own curatorial endeavors, a commitment of several hours per month of hands-on support for the upkeep of our space and the implementation of programs, regular attendance at meetings, steady and responsive communication, and the payment of monthly member dues.

OPEN CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP

Deadline: January 15th at midnight

Click here for more information on how to become a curator/ member of Little Berlin

 

Little Berlin
Open Call

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP:

Due January 15th at Midnight

 

Little Berlin welcomes your application for membership. We are a collective of artists and curators committed to experimental and innovative programming and exhibitions. Our focus is on visual arts, without any clearly defined expectations of what that means. Our collective is unique for its emphasis on curation and programming: members support one another to promote artists and ideas beyond the art practices of individual members.

Based in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, we occupy facilities that can accommodate a wide range of artworks and display methods. Each member has the opportunity to create one month-long exhibition in the Little Berlin main gallery space per year (on average) and also to initiate many programs and smaller shows in our Annex space in an on-going, flexible rotation. Our collective also participates in many external events in Philadelphia and beyond. We frequently host and participate in exchanges with other artists and collectives. Each member brings vision, commitment, skills, and work-ethic to the collective; in turn, each member benefits equally from Little Berlin’s resources and reach.

 

We invite you to submit the following materials via email to berlin.little@gmail.com.

 

Please title the subject line “Membership Application” and in a single PDF document combine:

Cover Letter (300-500 words)

List your contact information (with any applicable links to websites, projects, etc.)

List you preferred pronouns.

Introduce yourself and describe what you can contribute to Little Berlin.

Describe what you hope to gain from membership at Little Berlin.

Describe an exhibition or event that you would like to organize at Little Berlin.

Answer: Do you live in Philadelphia and are you able to attend Little Berlin events and meetings?
(Tell us a bit about your schedule and your relationship to the city.)

CV or Resume (3 page Max)

Artist/Curatorial Statement (2 page Max)

3-5 examples of your work (FOR IMAGES- resize to 1280-1920 pixels on long end @ 72 Dpi)

Little Berlin will only review complete applications. We will contact you if you are a finalist for membership. The collective will meet with all finalists in person before extending invitations to join Little Berlin. At this stage you also have the opportunity to ask detailed questions to help you decide if Little Berlin is the right fit for you. Membership in Little Berlin entails pro-active involvement in your own curatorial endeavors, a commitment of several hours per month of hands-on support for the upkeep of our space and the implementation of programs, regular attendance at meetings, steady and responsive communication, and the payment of monthly member dues.



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