Berry Bickle

  Berry Bickle - Portrait
Suite Europa - Zoologischer Garten, Leipzig - 140 x 92,98 cm, C-Print on Alu-Dibond


Suite Europa

Eröffnung der Ausstellung: am Sonntag den 9.10.2011 von 15 - 19 Uhr.

Berry Bickle und der Kurator des Venedig Pavillion Raphael Chikukwa der National Gallery of Zimbabwe sind zur Eröffnung anwesend.

Ausstellung bis 13.11.2011

  Auerbachs Keller - Leipzig

Wir zeigen die zwei fotografische Serien Suite Europa und Dual Narratives, sowie die zwei Videos Ze... und On the Wire.

Aus aktuellem Anlass der Teilnahme von Berry Bickle im Simbabwe-Pavillion der Venedig-Biennale, möchten wir ihr Werk pointierter vorstellen.

Suite Europa - Auerbachs Keller, Leipzig
70 x 49 cm. C-Print on Alu-Dibond


Erstmals bekannt in Deutschland wurde die Künstlerin durch ihre Teilnahme an der internationalen Wanderausstellung Africa-Remix mit Start in Düsseldorf. In den ifa-Galerien gastierte sie in Berlin und Stuttgart bei Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie.

Berry Bickle stellt auf zahlreichen internationalen Gruppen- und Einzelausstellungen aus. Der Video On the Wire, eine Arbeit mit Hintergrund Maputo, gewann den Jurypreis der Bamako-Biennale 2009. Ze... ist eine Konversation zwischen der Künstlerin und Simbabwe und wird nach Venedig nun auch in Berlin gezeigt.

Die Fotoserie Suite Europa hat über gefundene Bildvorlagen Leipzig und das historische Ostdeutschland zum Ausgangspunkt. Diese Serie wird das erst Mal gezeigt und wurde für diese Ausstellung konzipiert. Die zweite gezeigte Serie Dual Narratives bezieht sich zunächst auf den bekannten italienischen Landschaftsfotografen Pietro Pensa und erfährt durch Bildbearbeitung eine eigenen Interprätation. In beiden Serien befasst sich die Künstlerin mit Geschichte und der Faszination historischer Fragmente.

Berry Bickle wurde 1959 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe geboren. Heute lebt und arbeitet sie in Maputo, Mosambik. Sie studierte Bildende Kunst am Durban Institute of Technology und der Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Südafrika.

Suite Europa | Artists Statement  


The origin of Suite Europa was a box of slides (dia positives ) I bought in a street market in Lisbon.  The point of view of the photographer interested me, as the images were impartial, without personal attachment, a distant eye, yet the images carried a suspended emotional value.

Suite Europa
Suite Europa - Rathaus Leipzig

Both revolutionary and Post Colonial Africa had very specific links to East Germany’s ideologically socialism, it was imbedded in the a historical relation to Africa's independent movements, especially Mozambique. The impulse  to work with these original images had a reference to my personal memory, to the ideology of the time, one of fear and mistrust and division. Yet These images were benign street scenes and interiors that had a fantasy quality of a mixture of "old world" and modernism.

They exist outside my frame of reference, or rather float in a lost time of an Eastern Europe that in the contemporary is re mapped and integrated in to our understanding of the Europe. As such, they are etherial and refer to only moments in memory. Suite Europe evolved to answer this notion of history, seen through a curtain or a haze of something that has dissolved to unspecific  time evoking suspended memory.

The amplification of a rich and textural surface in the final photographic image is like a childhood memory, where one is not certain how to trust the memory but to understand its intrinsic value. 

  Die Serie
Berry Bickle, October 2011

Dual Narratives | Artists Statement
Immagini Pietro Pensa


A European landscape of mountains and snow is as exotic to me as what must be an African savannah landscape to a European. Working from the images Categoria: Fondo Immagini Pietro Pensa, the constant view of the photographer Pietro Pensa, and his claim to the landscape, of belonging to and living in unchanged for a life time was a strong motivation for the concept of the dual narratives set in these landscape. 

Immagini Pietro Pensa Nr. 5

The word åmeditations on loss and displacement, float into the certainty of landscape as doubts and threaded uncertainty as expressions of nomadism and passage, of being from other spaces is what composed the concepts for series Immagini Pietro Pensa

  Die Serie
Berry Bickle, October 2011

Ze.. | Venice | Artists Statement  


Zimbabwean Pavilion 54th International Biennale di Venezia.
Ze dvd pal shown at 16:9 duration 9 mins. Zimbabwe 2010/2011.

Ze... as a word has no meaning, as a sound it repeats and repeats. Like a cricket at night or a warning whistle. Ze is a visual conversation between myself and a contemporary Zimbabwe.

My recognition of Zimbabwe as a fractured place, so familiar yet so many threads in a familiar landscape having being broken or missing leaving gaps or absences. The distance of absence is locked into a contemporary identity of Zimbabwe with the dispersal of families and the fractures in the everyday realties. A simple and personal ritual of washing the body and water frames the personal space of a woman bathing, while the city and the country side merge in a relation of the external view.

Reflecting on the complicated relations between subjectivity, meaning and cultural society. The personal is amplified in small cameos of mirrors and the people in the mirrors are talking to distant family or saying prayers or just having a conversation over distance with the mirror as the reflected image of the present yet evidence of "what has ceased to be". Instead of making reality solid the mirror is an illusio , it reminds us of the world's ever changing nature.

Ze was shot in my home town Bulawayo, the spoken language is si'ndebele, I do not intend that there is a translation.

Berry Bickle, April 2010

On the Wire | Video  


Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial

Interpretive impulses can be located in Berry Bickle’s seductive video piece On the Wire (2009), which allows viewers to voyeuristically watch a shameless young man, clad in a white wedding dress, explore himself before a mirror. The sense of freedom and ambiguity conveyed by his gestures accord with the artist’s intention to, as she explained, leave the work free and open.

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Pressefoto 150 dpi
  Zoologischer Garten Leipzig
Berry Bickle
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Raumansicht 150 dpi

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African Colours Venice Biennale
Zimbabwe in Venice 2011 - Raphael Chikukwa
African Colours Berry Bickle
Bickle at ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
YouTube Biennale Venezia Zimbabwe Pavilion
Gallery Delta - Harare
Berry Bickle at: Aditi Kulkarni. Blog - profile
Afrique Index - Suite Europa
  Africulture - Suite Europa   Sud planète - Galerie Peter Herrmann
  Operatoranna - Blog - Berry Bickle at ..    

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