Queer Art from Uruguay

Solo Exhibition, Mixed Media, Painting, Embroidery

24.03.2020   - 28.03.2020

For Immediate Release
Berlin–February 13, 2020

Press Release: Painting, embroidery, mixed media

Queer Art from Uruguay: Artist Emi Brener Explores Human Vulnerability and Intimacy Using Embroidery and Painting


Under the Skin, Exhibition by Emi Brener


Opening Reception: Tuesday March 24th, 2020 18:00-21:00
Duration: March 24th-28th 2020, Tuesday-Saturday 14:00-19:00


SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße)

BERLIN, February 13, 2020—SomoS presents the exhibition Under the Skin by multidisciplinary artist Emi Brener, taking place from March 24th until March 28th, 2020.

Emi Brener is a visual artist working primarily within the mediums of painting and embroidery, aiming to convey moments of human intimacy, nuance and experience. Life as a queer woman born and living in Uruguay largely influences the artist’s work, and she has always felt supported creatively by the vibrant queer community there.

Inspired by borrowed thoughts and emotions, Brener looks to expose the vulnerability of the human experience through the meshing of written language and painting, while also highlighting the way we use our bodies to interact with one another. The results are paintings that often depict fragments of the human figure, never showing the entire body and some even applying a distorted close-up viewpoint, further deepening the work’s sense of intimacy.

Her latest work is a project about human intimacy, presented through a combination of embroidery and oil paint, based on deeply emotional pieces of writing, including love letters, confessions, journals, private diaries, and suicide notes, in order to capture many aspects of human emotion, from the romantic to the dark, all of which show vulnerability, and embroidering them onto the canvas. The text is then painted over, visualizing the notion of one’s thoughts being just under the skin. The technique of painting over embroidery creates a sense of subtlety, encouraging the viewer to take a closer look and make their own personal connections to the works.

Under the Skin presents us with an intimate portrait of human vulnerability, and encourages us to look closely at the work both with our eyes and our minds.

Find out more about Emi Brener’s work on her homepage:

About Emi Brener

Currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, and a Communications BFA at Facultad de Información y Comunicación, both at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, the artist has also completed a summer undergraduate residency program at the New York Academy of Art. While studying, Brener has participated in a number of group shows and had a painting admitted to the Festival Internacional de Colonia in Uruguay.



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SomoS is a non-commercial artist-run art space with an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects, intergenerational community and diversity, founded in 2012. Working with emerging and mid-career artists, including those from underserved backgrounds and communities, SomoS provides space, knowledge and resources for the production, presentation, and reflection of the arts. Its mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, curatorial projects, education and creative cooperation. SomoS’ exhibitions are based on its own curatorial projects, as well as fee-less open calls for art and curatorial/artistic proposals, and are supported by art councils, universities, philanthropists, patrons, volunteers, interns and staff, all of which share our great enthusiasm for enabling the artist’s vision in projects that would not be easily realized otherwise. SomoS’ engaged schedule of exhibitions, performances, seminars and artist talks is free to the public, and aims to spark interest, discussion, cooperation and understanding, as it activates art’s unique positive uniting potential.


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