Happy Together


Ui Sinseol Culture and Arts Railway, Seoul, Korea

Sinseoldong Station , Bomun Station , Sungshin Women's University Station

works by Olly Fathers, Reef Chang, Planet 350, Uli Westphal
curated by Yeo Mi-young

My work can be seeen at Sungshin Women's University Station



February 26th – March 12th 2021

Museum Lichtenberg

Türrschmidtstr. 24
10317 Berlin, Germany

Artists: Rula Ali, Shirin Ashkari, Christa Fülbier, Ziyad Hawwas, Halim Karabibene, Zoltan Kunckel, Irina Novarese, Ramin Parvin, Dachil Sado, Yaser Safi, Ruba Salameh, Özlem Sarıyıldız, Uli Westphal, Bora Yediel, Sarah Zeryab, DIE KOMPANIE.
Curated by: Kristen Cooper

HIER & JETZT: Connections is delighted to invite you to the upcoming group exhibition: KINDRED CHRONICLES.
The Exhibition will take place between February 26 – March 12, 2021 on the facade of Museum Lichtenberg im Stadthaus.
We will have a soft opening on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m., following the current Covid-19 regulations.
All the works are visible from the street and you are more than welcomed to visit the exhibition anytime you want!
NOTE: Please follow our web page for current Covid-19 regulations.

Artist initiative Hier & Jetzt: Connections’ group exhibition Kindred Chronicles opens Friday, February 26th at Museum Lichtenberg. The exhibition is presented to the public in an unconventional fashion, clinging to the buildings facades and projecting from their windows. Supplementary programming includes performances by DIE KOMPANIE, art interventions that will take place during the exhibition opening and closing events, and film screenings during the second weekend of the show.

All exhibiting artists are part of the initiative HIER & JETZT: Connections (HUJ:C). The initiative was launched in 2017 by artists of B.L.O. Ateliers in Berlin-Lichtenberg to offer an exchange and residency program to artists in exile. Exile has been defined by the group as the involuntary loss of one’s social context and working environment in their country of origin for an uncertain period of time.

Kindred Chronicles addresses positions of assimilation through acts of sharing and dissemination. The collection of works composes a community archive that is reflective of the personal heritage of the participating artists, as well as of our common current histories. Noticeable in nearly every work is the use of text and symbol; operating both narratively and illustratively, creating types of individual documentation that bring together past and present, place and community.

PLEASE NOTE: All works are visible from the street, so that risks regarding COVID-19 are minimized.

EXHIBITION OPENING Friday, February 26, 2021, 4:30 – 8:00 pm

PERFORMANCES Friday, February 26 & Friday, March 12, 2021, 6:00 pm in Tucholla Platz by DIE KOMPANIE

FILM SCREENINGS Friday, March 5, 2021, 7 pm, in the Museum Lichtenberg’s Courtyard with contributions from Museum Lichtenberg and films by Pinar Ögrenci, Alisi Telengut and Sarah Zeryab

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This project is funded by Bezirksamt Lichtenberg, Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur.

Islands of Happiness?

October 9th 2020 – April 18th 2021

NRW Forum Düsseldorf

Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf, Germany

Opening: Thursday, October 8th 2020 from 6 – 9 PM

Registration required due to Covid19. Register here:

Works by:

AES+F | An-Sofie Kesteleyn | Anastasia Ward | Annette und Erasmus Schröter | Antoine Catala | Aya Kakeda | Birte Philippi | Brenda Lien | Carla Gannis | Chris Berens | Chris Haughton | Christoph Ruisz | Corinna Schnitt | Daniel & Geo Fuchs | die Unheimlichen | Erasmus Schröter | FALK | Friedrich Seidenstücker | Gregor Gaida | Guy Hoffman / Miguel de Andrès-Clavera / Michael Suguitan | Jill Greenberg | Jochen Raiß | Johan und Diana van Halen | Jonas Vogt / Stephan Bogner / Philipp Schmitt | Jonathan Monaghan | Juergen Teller | Jugendkulturarchiv Frankfurt a. M. | Karina-Sirkku Kurz | Katie Torn | Kolle Rebbe | Lenn Blaschke | Les Deux Garçons | Loretta Lux | Magda Archer | Maija Tammi | Marc Paeps | Maren Steffens | Mark Ryden | Melissa Sixma Lingo | Miguel Delie | NEOZOON | Nikita Teryoshin | Oliver Sieber | Pierre et Gilles | Rachel Maclean | Reiner Leifried | Ruth van Beek | Ruud van Empel | The Yes Men | Thorsten Brinkmann | Uli Westphal | Underlook | Yasushi Koyama | @Pokeschorsch

With more than five hundred million posts on instagram alone, #cute is one of the most popular hashtags ever. Cute can mean dainty, sweet, or twee, and we come across it in all aspects of life. Animal babies, unicorns, rabbit ears—cuteness is closely related to consumer culture and has not only taken social media by storm, but also product design, advertising, robotics, and art.

Based on the work of more than fifty international artists, as well as numerous everyday objects and internet phenomena, the group exhibition #cute. Inseln der Glückseligkeit? (#cute. Islands of Bliss?) at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf from October 9, 2020 to January 10, 2021 traces the many facets of this contemporary aesthetic across various mediums and genres, including its affective tipping points. Photographs, sculptures, videos, and installations by artists such as Aya Kakeda, Brenda Lien, FALK, Jonathan Monaghan, Melissa Sixma Lingo, An-Sofie Kesteleyn, and Maija Tammi offer us a glimpse of the “dark” side of cute, its ambiguities and turning points.

(Potato Studies)

June - December 2020

Oderbruch Museum Altranft
Werkstatt für ländliche Kultur

Altranft, Germany

The exhibition runs until December 2020.

Currently the doors are open daily from 11AM - 5PM.

The Museum is spread throughout the village of Altranft. Kartoffelstudien is housed in the old barn of Bergschmidthof.

The near train station is Altranft Bahnhof, Bad Freienwalde (Oder).

The exhibition space has plenty of room for physical distancing.


An installation by Taina Guedes and Uli Westphal


Steinplatz, Berlin

SEEDS is a giant open-air installation composed of banners and construction fences in the shape of a seed. It showcases paintings by Taina Guedes and micrographs of seeds of edible plants by Uli Westphal. Informative texts with pictograms by Phina Hansen accompany the installation, which revolves around three central questions:
Why does crop- and biodiversity disappear?
What is it threatened by?
How can we protect it?

The exhibition is presented and funded by Stabsstelle Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (Department for Education for Sustainable Development (SBNE)) with additional funding from the District Office of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and the European Fund for Regional Development. The installation is part of the Food Art Week, which is taking place for the second time on Steinplatz.

Presented by SBNE
Concept by Tainá Guedes and Uli Westphal
Texts by Uli Westphal, co-edited by Tainá Guedes
Painting of the outside wall by Tainá Guedes
Micrographs by Uli Westphal
Pictograms by Phina Hansen
Audio guide spoken by Izzy Ment

Special thanks to:
Lidia Perico & SBNE Team, Food Art Week team of educators and volunteers: Chris Lloyd, Lenara Verle, Phina Hansen, Ilan Katin, Dimitra Zavakou, Jamie Drobnick, Jorge Barbosa, Thomas Meyer, Vanessa Nauman, and everyone who contributed to this project.

Food Art Week México

17th of January - 15th of February 2020

Galeria Quetzalli

Constitution 104-1, Centro Historico, Oaxaca de Juarez
Oaxaca, Mexico

Unter Palmen ein U-Boot.
Art reflects transnational perspectives, new relationships and the ghosts of a place.

December 8th – 22nd 2019


Villa Heike

Freienwalder Str. 17
13055 Berlin, Germany

Works by:
Rula Ali (SYR) | Shirin Ashkari (IRN) | Mäki Closch (AUT) | Christa Fülbier (DEU) | Halim Karabibene (TUN) | Zoltan Kunckel (VEN) | Irina Novarese (ITA) | Ramin Parvin (IRN) | Dachil Sado (IRQ) | Yaser Safi (SYR) | Özlem Sariyildiz (TUR) | Uli Westphal (DEU) | Bora Yediel (TUR) | DIE KOMPANIE | Curated by Kristen Cooper (USA)

All participating artists are part of the initiative HIER & JETZT: Connections. The initiative was launched in 2017 by artists of B.L.O. Ateliers in Berlin-Lichtenberg to offer an exchange and residency program to artists in exile. Exile has been defined by the group as the involuntary loss of one’s social context and working environment in their country of origin for an uncertain period of time. The collective collaborates and exchanges ideas on a collegial and informal basis, creating a platform for art, learning and communication. Unter Palmen ein U-Boot stems from this three-year collaboration.

The title Unter Palmen ein U-Boot refers to the history of Villa Heike*, and opens the field to an examination of contemporary forms of repression and exclusion. The exhibition presents questions about the perception of a place and its history, while also addressing our positioning as art and culture producers with regard to the promotion of an equal and enriching social context.

The independent work of each of the artists initiates from historical and formal impressions of Villa Heike and the neighboring Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial. Artists’ personal histories come to the forefront in conceptualizing a work that not only speaks to the area but to their homelands, as to raise awareness that tumultuous histories here still remain present in their countries of origin. Symbolism presents itself as a massive component to the overall expression of the exhibition; both as literal translation and through materiality. Unter Palmen ein U-Boot brings together cross- cultural voices that speak of time, individual identities, and solidarity; challenging us not to distance our perspectives but step closer toward understanding systems at work in the world today.

* Villa Heike, originally, a representative part of a machine-building factory from 1911, bordered a park where palm trees grew. The Villa was included in the territory of the Stasi prison, today the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, where windowless basement cells were referred to by prisoners as the ‘submarine’. During the GDR period, the building served as the administrative headquarters of the Ministry of State Security and later as an archive of the Nazi period.


Sunday 8.12. 4 pm – Film Screening – curated by Özlem Sariyildiz and Dr. Alexander Wiehart

Saturday 14.12. 5 pm – Discussion – Artist Zoltan Kunckel and cultural scientist Dr. Manuel Silva Ferrer discuss the identity of a place after a dictatorship.

Sunday 15.12. 1-4 pm – Lecture, Workshop, Intervention with DIE KOMPANIE

Saturday 21.12. 5 pm – Lecture – Dr. Alexander Wiehart: Conclusion of the 50th anniversary year of the first moon landing: The Final Frontier. Desire, Resistance and Philosophy of Borders from the Outer Space Perspective.

Holding What Can’t Be Held

September 14th – November 10th, 2019

MING Studios

420 S. 6TH St.
Boise, Idaho, 83702

Works by:
Alek De Dochas | Astri Snodgrass | Bryan Moore | Candace Rood | Eli Craven | Irina Novarese | Jonathan Sadler & Luke Batten (new catalogue) | Kristen Cooper | Tim Andreae | Uli Westphal

In 2018 a group artists toured the radioactive clean-up sites at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) along with the nuclear watchdog group Snake River Alliance. Since 1989, when the site was added to the Superfund list of the country's most polluted places, clean up efforts have costed over 9 billion dollars and could continue until the year 2050. Among other things, the artists watched the exhumation of plutonium contaminated waste that was buried in unlined pits directly above the Snake River Aquifer, sole source of drinking water for 300000 Idahoans. The experience was profoundly difficult to put into words. Now, after a year of processing, the artists are presenting their work, a continuing chronicle of the nuclear age and its impossible conundrums.

- harvesting solar energy at the INL site for Sunshine from the Lost River Desert -

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

18th of May - 20th of October 2019

Victoria & Albert Museum
Gallery 39 and the North Court

Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL, UK

Mutating: Systems, Bodies and Perspectives

30th of November 2018 – 10th of March 2019



Torenallee 40-06 (Strijp S)
5617 BD Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Opening: Friday, 30th of November, 8PM


If you keep looking long enough, you can see how everything changes. Animal species, plants, bacteria, mountain ranges, continents, solar systems—nothings retains its shape forever. Living and non-living things respond to each other in an endless, complex inter- action that scientists are unraveling and describing in ever greater detail. Meanwhile, we humans play an increasingly indelible role in the shaping of life. In the exhibition ReShape, on show in MU from 30 November, 2018 to 10 March 2019, artists and designers imagine the continuous transformation of life.

ReShape presents the three winning projects of the Bio Art & Design Award 2018, developed in collaboration with leading Dutch researchers in the life sciences. They are shown alongside recent works of nine other international artists and designers that share a focus on the theme of mutation and transformation. Areas of investigation include our place in the food chain, the digital reproduction of artificial life, worldwide corn varieties and the geological consequence of breeding a pink race of chickens.

The Bio Art & Design Award aims to manifest the creative potential of the life sciences to a broad audience. The prize-winning projects demonstrate how bio-art and bio-design can profoundly influence our lives and alter the way we view the world.

The exhibition is curated by William Myers and Angelique Spaninks

Participating artists:
Amanda Baum & Rose Leahy, Yiyun Chen, Pleun van Dijk, Anna Dumitriu, Kuang Yi Ku, Ani Liu, Jon McCormack, (Non)human (Non)sense Collective, Basse Stittgen, Studio Arvid & Marie, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Uli Westphal.