New Artist-in-Residence Ari Versluis

street fashion codes in photography

01.04.2017   - 30.04.2017

SomoS welcomes Dutch Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis who returns to SomoS for a special one month gallery artist residency. Renowned for his Exactitudes photo series on group identity and fashion codes (developed together with Ellie Uyttenbroek since the early 90’s) his more recent solo project Encounter shifts the focus on more unique self-images.

During a first extended residency period at SomoS in 2014, Versluis documented self presentation and local street fashion codes from a temporary storefront studio space near SomoS in the Berlin-Neukölln neighborhood. The artist uses his time in April 2017 to add to this multi-cultural and subcultural exploration of SomoS direct neighborhood.

Exactitudes: Nr. 140 - What's up G? - Rotterdam/Berlin 2013
Exactitudes: Nr. 140 – What’s up G? – Rotterdam/Berlin 2013

Additional artistic activities of Versluis in Berlin April 2017 include the making of two music videos for the Rotterdam-based “Electronic Emergencies” music label (the first, “What’s Going On (In Your Mind)” by The R, is already published), as well as working on his ongoing preoccupation with the group portrait, documenting various creative crews from Berlin.

Ari Versluis homepage

SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program

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SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists, curators, researchers and academics wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The residency, normally completed within three months, is focused on production, experience, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. Staying at SomoS, participants become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin. More info about SomoS’ artist residencies