Kenno Apatrida, originally from South America, has been exiled in Berlin for the past two decades and has been part of the city's radical creative transformation. His works, which go against the tide of aloof post modernity, are phantasmagorical, spiritual and transcendental, humorous and at times painfully genuine.
Apatrida's practice refers to philosophical precursors ranging from shamanistic rituals to the nightmares of William Blake and Henry Füseli, William Burroughs, political junk from the former GDR and Zen Buddhism. Collected from various squats and abandoned flats in Berlin, the "cultural detritus" Apatrida incorporates in his work are re-inscribed and re-positioned, undergoing an alchemical process with the results returned to us as icons of a spirituality specific to our modern age.
Studies in literature, philosophy and theology at University of Santiago, Chile and University of Habana, Cuba
Wilde Gallery, Berlin (one-man-show)
“Highway Child”, Curated by Emilie Trice, Galerie Mittwoch, Berlin
“Subterranean”, Galerie kollektiv-berlin., Berlin
Heimatlose Volkskunst, Torstr. 11, Berlin
Heimatlose Volkskunst, hellrot galerie, Halle
Goff & Rosenthal Gallery, New York, Nada Art fair, Miami
“Immigrant shrine – Day of the dead“, Brunnenstr 6, Berlin
“pa todos tus muertos“ (for your dead),
Brunnenstr 6, Berlin
2000 – 04 Heimatlose Volkskunst, Tacheles, Berlin
petite exposition du fin de siecle rue de la grange aux belles, Belleville Paris
Art populaire apatride, place de stalingrad, Paris
Arte popular apatrida, Barcelona
1993 – 97
Heimatlose Volkskunst, Berlin
SELECTED VIDEO AND PRESS LINKS
"Kenno Apatrida's Exhumation"
by Ana Finel Honigman, ARTslant-Berlin, 12/04/09
"Zivilisationsmüll aus dem Untergrund - Kenno Apatrida"
art - Das Kunstmagazin, 26 / 03 / 2009
"Tatort Kultur - Kenno Apatrida"
Aspekte, 8. April 2009, "Tatort Kultur", ZDF
Dance Macabre Closing
Kenno Apatrida installation at Galerie Kollektiv. Berlin
Kenno Apatria at Urban Affairs exhibition 2008
Galerie Mittwoch, Berlin
Kenno Apatrida in Berlinerkunstkontakter
March, 2009, WILDE Gallery, Berlin