Location: AedesLand, Savignyplatz, Else-Ury-Bogen 600 - 601, 10623 Berlin
Duration: 30 January - 26 March 2009
Opening: Friday, 30 January 2009, 6.30 pm
Hours: daily from 10 am – 8 pm
«True Cities» is a collection of photographs by Charlie Koolhaas featuring four global cities that determine, in different ways, our political and cultural landscapes and that will increasingly shape our collective destinies in the future.
Within a single space, «True City» weaves a photographic patchwork of urban fabrics from Guangzhou, Dubai, Lagos, and London, creating a multi-layered picture of an intricately connected world.
Charlie Koolhaas is a Dutch artist raised in London who currently works from her studio in Guangzhou, China. Trained as a sociologist, throughout her career she has worked as a magazine editor, exhibition curator, writer as well as photographer and in her photos we see this multidisciplinary approach applied to the urban experience.
In «True Cities» she brings together hundreds of disparate images of different places to bounce off each other, resonate and begin a dialogue.
The exhibition will include a series of 200 images viewed like a large «book» that spans the entire wall of the AedesLAND space. Within these pages, images of Lagos, Nigeria are paired with images of Dubai, UAE.
In the arches of the gallery hanging photographs place Guangzhou, China and London, UK side by side so that they feel like two distant suburbs in the same city.
«True Cities» is an exhibition of the world. It is about cultural fusion and cultural confusion, connections and meetings, moments of creativity and pain. By looking at the opulent and insignificant, the broken down and growing up, Charlie Koolhaas's photographs approach the mundane and the absurd with equal enthusiasm.
An AedesLand catalogue will be published.
Speakers at the opening are:
Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Michael Schindhelm, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority
The exhibition is kindly supported by: Intellectual Harmony Development Limited, Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, Stofanel, Bulthaup, Minimum
We cordially thank our Aedes cooperationpartner for the support: Thorn