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Mahdad Alizadeh / Madeleine Dietz / Galli 

Elmira Iravanizad / Carolin Seeliger

 

Galerie Georg Nothelfer

Feb 24 - April 13, 2024

Opening 23. February 

 

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Corpo-realities

Mahdad Alizadeh & Galli

Online Viewing Room @Artsy

Galerie Georg Nothelfer

July 15 - August 15, 2023

 

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Both, Galli and Mahdad Alizadeh, explore the experience of corporeality in their artistic work. While Galli presents the body as monstrous, self-struggeling, grotesque, and deconstructed in her paintings and drawings, Alizadeh forms objects of clay, that could be humanoid, zoomorph or any polymorph living being. Through their troubling of categories, the restive body offers the possibility that the self is not fixed, but rather a complex web of interrelations in a constant state of flux.

Link to the viwing room at Artsy:  Corpo-realities

Kabinett Groupshow

Mahdad Alizadeh, Damien Daufresne, Stella Geppert, Elmira Iravanizad, Paul Günther Köstner, Britta Lumer, Toni Mauersberg, Pegasus Product, Miriam Salamander, Geerten Verheus

 

Galerie Georg Nothelfer

April 28 - June 17, 2023

(Gallery Weekend Berlin)

 

EXITUS

Iman Rezai, Fee Kleiß, Josephine Hans, Peter Behrbohm, Johannes Klever, Mahdad Alizadeh

 

Franklinstraße 9 - 15/ Berlin

March 31 - April 2, 2023

 

Am 31.3. um 19:00 Uhr eröffnet die Ausstellung Exitus in der Franklinstraße 9- 15a 10587 Berlin 

Die Künstlerinnen beschäftigen sich mit der allgemeinen Klimafrage: Wie konnte es so weit kommen? Wie schaffen wir es unsere Lebensweise zu ändern? Wer ist verantwortlich? und vor allem: Wie kommen wir da wieder raus?

Öffnungszeiten: 
1.4.-2.4.23
16 Uhr - 20 Uhr 

Wir danken für die Unterstützung von Transiträume Berlin e.V. und der GSG Berlin.

Motions of Matter

Stella Geppert in community with

Mahdad Alizadeh / Gerhard Hoehme / László Lakner / Henri Michaux / Georges Noël

Galerie Georg Nothelfer

February 18 - April 8, 2023

 

The exhibition MOTIONS OF MATTER puts painterly positions of the Informel, current sculptures by Mahdad Alizadeh and performative works by the sculptor Stella Geppert into an exciting exchange. The interplay of aesthetic similarities is immediately striking. A free ductus, which resists a strict shaping of form, manifests as visual means and as a dynamic principle, and thus dominates the artistic works. The processual is the pivotal point of this cross-generational dialogue. The process remains visible in the drawings, paintings and sculptures as a trace, gesture or direct expression. In classics such as László Lakner or Georges Noël, this is evident in scriptural pictorial elements, scratchings, or procedures such as écriture automatique.

 

Stella Geppert explores the changing relationship between artistic material and body movement as a pictorial process in a performative way. In the center of the gallery are two sculptures of the Hieroglyphic Ceiling series (2019) installed. During the performance COMMUNICATION CAPTURES, the space-consuming work captures verbally and nonverbally triggered movements of the head while talking, in drawings. Performers, equipped with a stick on their heads, which reaches up to the paper ceiling of the room construction, interact with each other. A piece of charcoal is attached to the top of the headgear, which incessantly traces the movements of the participants.

 

Durchpulst und umpaust (1986) by Gerhard Hoehme is directly juxtaposed with Stella Geppert's performative sculpture. The large-format all-over painting, whose restless density of red-brown brushstrokes only fades into bright blue at the edges of the canvas, is an impressive example of how Hoehme triggers various visual perceptions in the viewer. In addition to distanced vision, the intention is to stimulate haptic vision that activates the sense of touch. Three long plastic cords in red, blue and light green, which leave the framing of the picture and extend it into space, reinforce the communicative effect of the picture and Hoehme's reception-aesthetic intention. Furthermore, the cords in their colorfulness are reminiscent of modeled representations of the human circulatory system. The image becomes a physical counterpart for the viewer.

 

The clay works of Mahdad Alizadeh can also be related to physical qualities. In their direct shaping, they initially evoke archaic sculptures, but at the same time can be imagined as futuristic organ proliferations. "Null" (2023), a work which exploded in the kiln, is sorted fragmentarily on a table, as if in an archaeological excavation. The fragments are a memento mori and at the same time testify to the potential power of matter.

Alizadeh's sculptures enter into direct dialogue with Stella Geppert's charcoal drawings, in which she stimulates her organs with the help of a massage and sound technique and thereby tactile movements into the canvas indirectly. The black-and-white images could be read as x-rays, except that here the interior of the body is not x-rayed but felt.

Overcoming fundamental dichotomies such as body and mind, which have defined Western thought since the Renaissance, was an important aspiration of many informal artists. The oscillation of images between material presence and immaterial signs, that can be perceived throughout the exhibition, testifies to these efforts. Henri Michaux's poetic works on paper as notations of an unconscious, inner state are paradigmatic of such. Stella Geppert's performative drawing techniques, working with the intelligence of the body, are also a practice to explore the entanglement of matter and mind in their possibilities. In encountering the works of Informel, she thus simultaneously updates, dynamizes, and expands a field of discourse that has been virulent since postwar modernism.

 

Text (translated from German original): Charlotte Silbermann

Art Cologne 

Galerie Georg Nothelfer 

16 - 20 November 2022 

 

Positions Berlin Art Fair

Galerie Georg Nothelfer

15 - 18 September 2022

SPEICHERN

SaatgutSILO / Potsdam

September  4-11, 2022

 

The group show SPEICHERN brings together 40 current and site-specific positions in sound art, painting, objects, installations and Videos.

The granary in Potsdam, once a sign of progress is now abandoned and unused. While the storage of grain was an initial for the settling down of people and thus the formation of larger social structures, the war targeting the granary of Europe is just ending a decades-long order. 

Which storing is relevant for and in society? How do archives shape reality and history formation? The works negotiate approaches beyond progress to social issues, decolonization, feminism and ecology – the granary becomes a collective resonating space.

Artists: Aline Schwörer, Anna Moskalets, Annekatrin Posselt, Arni Valur, Artem Volokitin, Bianca Baalhorn, Cécile Wesolowski, Christoph Bartsch, Felix Becker, Finja Sander, Florian Köhler, Franziska Pester + Josh Merlis, Helena Rauch, Jenny Alten, Kayla Elrod, Mahdad Alizadeh, Marcus Grosze, Monika Funke-stern, Nils Blau, Nina Lamiel Bruchhaus, Paco Höller, Phillip Langer, Phonoschrank, Rainer Menke, Sana Al Kurdi, Selou Sowe, Susanne Ramolla, Tetiana Malinovska, Torben Laib, Tzeshi Lei, Udo Koloska, Ursula Döbereiner + Thomas Rehnert, Valeriia Buchuk, Witalij Frese, Martin Gnadt + Oliver Johannsen, Böse (Istanbul-berlin)

Initiated by Jenny Alten, Lea Budzinski, Udo Koloska and Phillip Langer

A project by artifact e.V. in cooperation with Mike Geßner | Kunstraum Potsdam.

Photos: Matthias Bednasch

SPEICHERN

Dialogue with the Other

Curated by Ali Nassir 

Iman Rezai, Mahdad Alizadeh
Pegah Keshmirshekan, Donya H.Aalipour, Mahdi Nemati

8 - 19 April 2022

O Gallery Tehran