left: Wenke Seemann, Lütten Klein #1 from the series Deconstructing Plattenbau, 2021; right: Marthe Howitz, Aufbau Ost, 2021

A Reconsideration.
Marthe Howitz and Wenke Seemann

11–19th March 2023

As part of the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography                           

curated by Bernhard Draz

Opening Friday 10th March 2023  7pm

In their works, the artists Marthe Howitz and Wenke Seemann examine the phenomenon of panel buildings and deal with its origins and characteristics in different ways: They regard the East German prefab districts as functional architecture in the tradition of modernism and the urban heritage of a vanished country as well as a projection screen for social awakening and descent narratives and biographical space of experience.
The exhibition combines photomontages, collages and video works from the series of works ARCHIVE DIALOGUE #1 – CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR THE FUTURE by Wenke Seemann with the ceramic installation „CONSTRUCTING THE EAST“ by Marthe Howitz, a 200-piece modular sculpture of a typical WBS70 apartment block and another new sculptural work. In combination, the works create a space that enables a new perspective on the transformation of the East German model city and aesthetically negotiates the existing continuities, ambivalences and contradictions. The room installation is complemented by the video work Beton by Susanne Soldan.

Supporting program:
March 12, 2023, 3 p.m.: Guided tour through the exhibition with the artists Marthe Howitz, Wenke Seemann and Susanne Soldan
March 17, 2023, 6 p.m.: Tattoos with prefabricated building images by kevin kevin
March 19, 2023, 3 p.m.: Guided tour through the exhibition with the artists Wenke Seemann and Marthe Howitz 

Location: MEINBLAU Projektraum, Christinenstrasse 18/19, 10119 Berlin
Opening: Friday, March 10, 2023, 6:00 p.m
Duration: March 11-19, 2023
Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Meinblau Projektraum is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin