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Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974. Photographs by Gwenn Thomas, Film by Brigit Hein , Oct 10 - Nov 1, 2009 Photography, Film © Christian Siekmeier
Alexandrinenstr 4, HH
10969 Berlin/Kreuzberg
Venue Type: Gallery
Christian Siekmeier
Open hours
Thu-Sat 12-6pm
Gallery type

Exile's objective is to give selected artists the opportunity to come to Berlin and present themselves and their work to the public. Projects at Exile can range from curated exhibitions to artistic collaborations to site-specific installations. Visitors are invited to meet the artist and engage in his her/their creative process.

By definition exile implies not just a loss but also the opportunity to create something new. It is a clean slate and a fresh start. Exile offers its space to develop and present artistic ideas and projects beyond expectations, limitations and margins. The use of the space during the residency solely depends on the resident artist’s practice and interests. Exile can be a temporary art studio, screening room, workshop, store, and/or gallery.

The Space

Exile is a private and independent space that consists of two distinctly different areas that inform each other: The ground floor residence offers a four-week 100 sqm (about 1050 sqft) typical Berlin industrial warehouse space. This space is solely for the use of the resident artist. Here, he/she is invited to create independently according to his/her own creative and conceptual vision.  The third floor gallery space focuses on exhibitions of visual materials and artworks that connect, embed and contextualize current and historic artistic practices.

Exile is a public space. Regardless of its use, Exile will be open to the public during opening hours. The visitor will have the opportunity to engage in an artistic process and see, depending on the program, the resident’s work in progress. In the third floor gallery the visitor will have the chance to engage with the works on display in a quiet and private way. Further, each residency will be accompanied by a selection of public events according to the interests and practice of each resident. Such events can include openings and screenings as well as talks and panel discussions.

Exile is an open space and encourages applications. There are no prerequisites or criteria to fulfill. There are no application forms, no fees and no deadlines. Exile will try to answer, as much as possible, all proposals in due time.

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