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Heimweh
15.04.21 - 14.07.21

“Heimweh” is a German word for “homesickness”. It is composed of two words - “home” and “pain”. Whilst I learned it, It seemed to me a stronger expression than “homesickness”...

 

How do people from different cultures express and feel about homesickness?

 

I am not a linguist, but through the lead of my curiosity, I have discovered how it is expressed in different cultures... La Morrinia/ La Nostalgia (in spanish); “鄉愁” (sorrow of missing home) in Chinese; dor de casă (in Romanian); “ilgesys namams” (in Lithuanian);  घर की याद (in Hindi);  أحن للبيت in Arabic. 

 

I have then talked to our artists in this exhibition in the past few months.  They are from different cultures  - Swiss, German, English, Taiwanese, Spanish, Moldovan, Indian, Syrian, and Lithuanian. Most of them live far away from home.

 

Homesickness is expressed with the feeling of pain, sorrow, sore, longing for... but there is one of our artists telling me that she feels sweet from this pain.

 

I hope the artworks that we present you in this season could find you comfort you well.

 

- Angela Hsu, curator (Berlin, 15.04.2021)

All artworks in this exhibition can be acquired.

Interested buyers can get in touch with us at curation.berlin@gmail.com

Please click on the artworks to see them in full screen.

 

the following artists are part of the 'Heimweh' exhibition:

Nick Dong

 

"Suddenly realized the “heimweh” memories erupting and escaping, I tried to preserve them in these enamel drawings, an impression, an encounter, a body, a gaze."

Frozen by Fire - Buddha
Frozen by Fire - Buddha

14 x 26 x 4 cm Enamel on Copper with Graphite Drawing, Gold, Magnets not for sale

Frozen by Fire - Fern
Frozen by Fire - Fern

13 x 19 x 3 cm Enamel on Copper with Graphite Drawing, Gold, Magnets 2.600€

Frozen by Fire - Hill
Frozen by Fire - Hill

26 x 31 x 4 cm Enamel on Copper with Graphite Drawing, Gold, Magnets 3.000€

Frozen by Fire - Left
Frozen by Fire - Left

22 x 26 x 4 cm Enamel on Copper with Graphite Drawing, Gold, Magnets 2.800€

 

Svetlana Grecova

"I feel I am like a fish swimming in and out from  a country to country. For me to have a home is essential. And during my life,  I called “my home” different places. I was living in Moldova for nearly 20 years, where I was born, and then happened almost 15 years in Asia, in Taiwan. I have family and friends in both countries, and my preferable spots of course... Two months ago I relocated to Berlin, and I started to feel really homesick... My new paintings, freshly made, reflects my childhood memories, Sweet tea time with my family, and also beautiful east coast of Taiwan. I live in these two countries long enough to call them my home but now after located in Germany with my husband it’s time to make a new home , because  we will leave here also long time."

My Sorrow is Sweet (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)
My Sorrow is Sweet (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)

90 x 40 cm Acrylic on Canvas 1.950€

Golden Fish (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)
Golden Fish (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)

40 x 60 cm Acrylic on Canvas 1.700€

Behind the Blue Eyes (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)
Behind the Blue Eyes (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)

40 x 50 cm Acrylic on Canvas 1.200€

Ocean of Love (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)
Ocean of Love (Svetlana Grecova, 2021)

40 x 50 cm Acrylic on Canvas 1.200€

Video of Svetlana Grecova about her work

(04:04)

Chloe Grove

 

"homesickness, for me, is a feeling that has, at times, manifested as a symptom of general yearning for security, peace & belonging, a reaction to an unease at finding myself in particular circumstances. 
this collection of images represent some of those occasions, be it the misery of a dysfunctional relationship, desire for love & support where it is not forthcoming or objects & stimulus i associate with the warm bubble of familiar surroundings.
when i have been at the mercy of these negative emotions, plunging myself into the immersive state of meticulous work has always been a welcome sanctuary, a sense of being at home in my own consciousness."

Tangent (Chloe Grove, 2015)
Tangent (Chloe Grove, 2015)

108 x 81 cm coloured pencil on paper 7.800€ unframed

Castor Oil Plant Wilting in the Heat (Chloe Grove, 2019)
Castor Oil Plant Wilting in the Heat (Chloe Grove, 2019)

38 x 30 cm intaglio print (edition of 30) 350€ unframed

Handle with Care (Chloe Grove, 2019)
Handle with Care (Chloe Grove, 2019)

19 x 19 cm coloured pencil on paper 540€

Wooden Hand (Chloe Grove, 2018)
Wooden Hand (Chloe Grove, 2018)

19 x 19 cm coloured pencil on paper 540€

Wimbledon Line Umpires (Chloe Grove, 2013)
Wimbledon Line Umpires (Chloe Grove, 2013)

80 x 30 cm x2 (dyptich) acrylic on canvas 5.600€

Sad Onion (Chloe Grove, 2015)
Sad Onion (Chloe Grove, 2015)

19 x 19 cm Coloured pencil on paper 540€

 

Semaan Khawam

"I wish I have homesickness 
I have only bad memories of  my home Syria and its following where ever I go 
And its still hard to make of beirut a real home 
Time to leave again to a decent place to save what is left of my humanity"

Just Another Massacre (Semaan Khawam)
Just Another Massacre (Semaan Khawam)

218 x 118 cm Oil on canvas

The Assassination of Loukman Slim (Semaan Khawam)
The Assassination of Loukman Slim (Semaan Khawam)

90 x 90 cm Mixed media on canvas

Beirut Explosion (Semaan Khawam)
Beirut Explosion (Semaan Khawam)

225 x 135 cm Mixed media on canvas

The Assassination of a Free Thinker (Semaan Khawam)
The Assassination of a Free Thinker (Semaan Khawam)

130 x 80 cm Mixed media on canvas

 

Beat Kuert 

"Homesickness is the misery that falls upon you when a part of yourself has been lost. In the past indigenous Americans when they had to go from one place to an other, they stopped again and again on their journeys so that the soul who remained behind could find time to follow."

All Those Little Moments (Beat Kuert)
All Those Little Moments (Beat Kuert)

70 x 50 cm FineArt Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 850€ (Edition of 12)

Half of me is Missing (Beat Kuert)
Half of me is Missing (Beat Kuert)

70 x 50 cm FineArt Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 850€ (Edition of 12)

Burning Memories (Beat Kuert)
Burning Memories (Beat Kuert)

80 x 50 cm Fine Art Print 850€ (Edition of 12)

I Consume Myself and Glow (Beat Kuert)
I Consume Myself and Glow (Beat Kuert)

50 x 48 cm FineArt Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 850€ (Edition of 12)

Traces (Beat Kuert)
Traces (Beat Kuert)

53 x 50 cm FineArt Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 850€ (Edition of 12)

The Sky is Falling (Beat Kuert)
The Sky is Falling (Beat Kuert)

70 x 50 cm FineArt Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl 850€ (Edition of 12)

Video of Beat Kuert about his work

(01:40)

 

Dörte Lützel-Walz

"I associate homesickness with the longing for a place where I feel comfortable, which is familiar to me. This place is not necessarily "home", it is rather an inner landscape."

Wassertraum - Waterdream (Dörte Lützel-Walz)
Wassertraum - Waterdream (Dörte Lützel-Walz)

105 x 135 cm Acrylic and Shellac on cotton 2.300€

Frühlingsrauschen - Sounds of spring (Dörte Lützel-Walz)
Frühlingsrauschen - Sounds of spring (Dörte Lützel-Walz)

70 x 135 cm Acrylic on cotton 2.100€

Blick ins Grüne - View into the green (Dörte Lützel-Walz)
Blick ins Grüne - View into the green (Dörte Lützel-Walz)

70 x 80 cm Acrylic on cotton 1.500€

Hommage a H.F. - Homage to H.F. (Dörte Lützel-Walz)
Hommage a H.F. - Homage to H.F. (Dörte Lützel-Walz)

48 x 55 cm Acryllc on cotton 1.200€

 

Robert Phelps

"For me, heimweh means the need to experience ideas, places and cultures that are rooted in my past ; elements of rootedness that have influenced my experience. These works reflect those experiences, evoking memories and hopes for the future."
 

Tavelling (Robert Phelps)
Tavelling (Robert Phelps)

59 x 42 cm Hahnemuhle fine art print (edition of 5) 445€

Seeking the Light (Robert Phelps)
Seeking the Light (Robert Phelps)

59 x 42 cm Hahnemuhle fine art print (edition of 5) 445€

Empty Places (Robert  Phelps)
Empty Places (Robert Phelps)

59 x 42 cm Hahnemuhle fine art print (edition of 5) 445€

The World Remains (Robert Phelps)
The World Remains (Robert Phelps)

59 x 42 cm Hahnemuhle fine art print (edition of 5) 445€

Oscar Rey

 

Series of paintings based on the poem “Let us have faith at the beginning of the cold season” by Forugh Farrokhzad.

 

“Perhaps the real thing were those two young hands. buried under the incessant snowfall, and next year when spring go to bed with the sky behind the window. and in his body they explode the green origins of her slight stalks, they will flourish, companion, my only companion. Let us have faith at the beginning of the cold season.”

Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)
Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)

100 x 100 cm Acrylic paint, collage, tempera, oil on cardboard paper. 2000€

Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)
Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)

100 x 100 cm Acrylic paint, collage, tempera, oil on cardboard paper. 2000€

Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)
Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)

100 x 100 cm Acrylic paint, collage, tempera, oil on cardboard paper. 2000€

Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)
Let Us Have Faith at the Beginning of the Cold Season (series) (Oscar Rey)

100 x 100 cm Acrylic paint, collage, tempera, oil on cardboard paper. 2000€

 

Xecon Uddin

"In this series, Xecon Uddin aims to explore his cultural roots.  He uses hybrids of humans and forest animals framed by elements from nature, as his aesthetic solutions that depict his need to connect with the earth. The constant search for the centered self is his contemporary state of mind, which Xecon seems to pour into his work. Influenced by both mainstream imagery and folklore, it is easy for the viewer to establish an emotional connection with these apparent anonymous characters."

Back to the Roots 3 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)
Back to the Roots 3 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)

25 x 30 cm (paper size 30 x 40 cm) Lithography 290€

Back to the Roots 4 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)
Back to the Roots 4 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)

25 x 30 cm (paper size 30 x 40 cm) Lithography 290€

Back to the Roots 5 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)
Back to the Roots 5 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)

25 x 30 cm (paper size 30 x 40 cm) Lithography 290€

Back to the Roots 6 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)
Back to the Roots 6 (Xecon Uddin, 2018)

25 x 30 cm (paper size 30 x 40 cm) Lithography 290€

Almyra Weigel

 

"Heimweh ist für mich meine Sprache und Volkskultur. Ich habe für meine Kunstwerke Litauische Zeitschriften und Faden benutzt. Durch die Fäden kann man Litauische Wörter lesen und die Gesichter von Landsleuten erkennen. Die Faden symbolisieren Landkultur, wo Textilien sehr große Rolle spielen. Die Faden ziehen sich durch unser Leben, sie dienen nicht  nur für Kleider, -  sie "schreiben auch Geschichten..."

Glückliche Menschen 1 (Almyra Weigel, 2018)
Glückliche Menschen 1 (Almyra Weigel, 2018)

42 x 54 cm Lithuanian magazine "Žmonės", Yarn, museum glass, frame 1.400€

Glückliche Menschen 1 (Almyra Weigel, 2018) (detail)
Glückliche Menschen 1 (Almyra Weigel, 2018) (detail)

42 x 54 cm Lithuanian magazine "Žmonės", Yarn, museum glass, frame 1.400€

Glückliche Menschen 2 (Almyra Weigel, 2018)
Glückliche Menschen 2 (Almyra Weigel, 2018)

42 x 54 cm Lithuanian magazine "Žmonės", Yarn, museum glass, frame 1.400€

Glückliche Menschen 2 (Almyra Weigel, 2018) (detail)
Glückliche Menschen 2 (Almyra Weigel, 2018) (detail)

42 x 54 cm Lithuanian magazine "Žmonės", Yarn, museum glass, frame 1.400€

Chen-Kai Yang

 

"Homesick, perhaps not that beautiful, is the adhesive created by loneliness and melancholy. It’s bound by the sense of belonging and emotional fetters to control the path forward."

Intertwine (Chen-Kai Yang)
Intertwine (Chen-Kai Yang)

19,3 x 28,7 cm Micron pen, Paper (130g/m2) 350€

Home 01 (Chen-Kai Yang)
Home 01 (Chen-Kai Yang)

20 x 20 cm Micron pen, Paper (130g/m2) 250€

Home 02 (Chen-Kai Yang)
Home 02 (Chen-Kai Yang)

21 x 29,7 cm Micron pen, Paper (250g/m2) (sold)

Dream (Chen-Kai Yang)
Dream (Chen-Kai Yang)

19,5 x 29 cm Micron pen, Paper (130g/m2) 350€

Video of Chen-Kai Yang about his work

(01:15)