A place called ДОМ

Doro Zinn, Stephanie Steinkopf, Tatiana Hahn

from: 23.01.2019 2pm  to: 26.01.2019 7pm

Curated by Anastasia Leonova

SomoS is proud to present the group exhibition A place called ДОМ, in which photographers Doro Zinn, Stephanie Steinkopf, and Tatiana Hahn explore the multi-layered meaning of home.

While staying in Berlin, Ukrainian curator and publisher Anastasia Leonova researched the themes of migration and cultural background, trying to understand the impact of deracination and alternate ways of feeling attachment. She presents home as referring to social phenomena rather than a physical structure, noting that in Berlin, where people constantly come and go, the idea of home is addressed in the context of temporal identity.

Leonova brings together three photographic series in A place called ДОМ: Future Kids by Doro Zinn, Manhattan – Straße der Jugend by Stephanie Steinkopf and Another Time, Different Space by Tatiana Hahn.

In their photographic work, Doro Zinn and Stephanie Steinkopf both address migration and home, spending time at the place of Berlin residents over the course of many years, while portraying their individual ways of dealing with the past and the future.

Doro Zinn provides an exploration of the lives and identities of four young individuals in Future Kids. The children of Muslim immigrants from Jordan, Turkey and Palestine, Leila, Ilhan, Mohammed, and Coco grant the viewer a look into their lives through Zinn’s essayistic portraits. Photographed from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017 in Berlin, the 1960s tower blocks of Neukölln, historic buildings of Kreuzberg and sports grounds in Moabit provide a backdrop to their search for identity. Essays written by the subjects themselves accompany the photographic works.

Stephanie Steinkopf has captured the everyday lives of people in Manhattan in the Oderbruch, a rural area structurally collapsed after the German reunification in 1989. Exploring the idea of home, Steinkopf’s photography depicts a general trend of social division that is innate not only within Eastern Germany but has also become clearly visible in many rural areas of the former East. “Manhattan is simultaneously the epitome of economic prosperity and a place of defeat.[….] No one settles here anymore. Everyone who is able to, leaves.” Stephanie Steinkopf visited Manhattan’s residents regularly over a period of four years for this project.

Tatiana Hahn’s work constitutes a connecting link between her colleagues. Working with experimental photography, she creates “accidental imagery” within Another Time, Different Space, developing a group portrait during the exhibition. In an artistic provocation of migration and literal displacement, Hahn removes a person from their background and places them in an unfamiliar space; next to strangers, this evokes the feeling of being in another city.


A place called ДОМ
Group Exhibition

Curated by Anastasia Leonova

Participating Artists:

Doro Zinn
Stephanie Steinkopf
Tatiana Hahn

Graphic design by Jan Motyka

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 22nd, from 6-9pm
Open January 23 – 26th, daily 2-7pm, and by appointment. Entry is free.

SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG, 10967 Berlin

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