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YOH NAGAO: WHEN IN BERLIN ACCIDENTALLY YOU CAN DISCOVER AN INCREDIBLE TALENT.

Japanese pop collage artist Yoh Nagao’s first European solo exhibition in Berlin.

“I BELIEVE ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MY ART AND MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE. WITH ART, I CONTINUE SMILING AND STAYING POSITIVE. AND I WANT TO GIVE THIS POSITIVE ENERGY TO PEOPLE WITH MY ART” by YOH NAGAO.

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Wonderful words impressed me when I read them, but mostly I can assure you that the intent of YOH “to donate positive energy with his art “ is fully achieved.

Today in Berlin was a gloomy day, but what a wonderful surprise to discover accidentally a talent and his wonderful work. They have given me interesting creative inspiration.I found his exhibition flyer walking in Prenzlauer Berg where in live , and I was so curious to see his operas.

His art pieces are an explosion of colours, energy, collage works which oscillate between the strength of bright colors and harmony of the compositions to create modern  wonderland that evoke me Marc Chagall in some way.

yoh_nagao8It’s not only pop art, too simple, it is much more! … Then if you will have the opportunity to see his pieces up close you can see incredible details.

I hope for this talent to break through and hear about him soon with a great success!

I work in the fashion show sometimes and I think Yho’s work has all credentials to become an artist well known into the communication of fashion system. (not surprising to see some of his boards on  vogue or for diesel! ). I hope for him one day!

Absolutely DON’T MISS this great opportunity to see Nagao’s art.

Yoh Nagao is a pop collage artist from Aichi Prefecture, Japan, who has been based in Berlin since April 2012.

In Nagao’s first European solo exhibition “Detour Through Wonderland”, he is showing previous works as well as recent pieces that incorporate themes he is most interested in expressing: our future as humans. In the wake of rapidly advancing modernization and an ever-shifting digitalized society, have our lives actually become any richer? Can we really experience more happiness and well-being? How do we move forward from here?
Nagao draws inspiration from minority tribes who remain isolated from civilized society.

At first glance, it appears that modern fashion magazines are unrelated to such tribes. But by drawing clues and inspiration from tribal lifestyles and costumes, Nagao’s juxtaposed fashion images create a ‘new primitive’ style: these images express an exciting ‘pop’ future for modern humans who have progressed from their tribal pasts to the digitalized, progressive lives they lead today.

 

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Detour Through Wonderland
Japanese artist Yoh Nagao will hold his first European solo exhibition
17th – 24th May 2014at ULA B        erlin Anklamer Strasse 8, 10115 Berlin
Open Tue – Sun 15:00 – 20:00
Closed on Mon

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TACHELES symbol of a city that no longer exists: BERLIN and Tacheles artists as Ermanno Olmi’s Characters in a docu-film.

“Berlin is becoming gentrified,” wrote Le Républicain Lorrain, “Berlin says farewell to bohemian artists,” said Le Point, and, according to Art Media Agency, it was “the end of an era” …

t_m  The closure of the famous Berlin art squat Tacheles, (september 4, 2012), by the authorities of a city increasingly dominated by property and finance, was a sad moment for anyone who believes art can offer alternative visions of the world.

In these days I’ve often spoken whit a dear friend about this topic and the new era and changes for the future in this city that i love so much. Zuleika, my friend, studied for a long time the architecture, the evolution of urbanism in Berlin and discovered unknown places of the city. (She also organizes tours very interesting that several times I have followed with Berlino Explorer).

http://www.berlino-explorer.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinoEx?fref=ts

Tacheles was one of many buildings in east Berlin that hovered between semi-collapse and unfinished building site.  After the Berlin wall had come down, it was taken over by artists, who called TACHELES, Yiddish for “straight talk”. The building contained studios and workshops, a nightclub, and a cinema. In its courtyard you saw surreal sculptures of missiles and tanks made from scrap metal created apocalyptic mayhem. Inside, bars had been carved out of cavernous space that seemed to go on forever. It was a meeting place for the city’s artists and subversives that had the atmosphere of some legendary, mythic avant garde of the past.

The new generation of young people will not be able to relish in Berlin this mood. Even though the Tacheles lost its free and non-commercial spirit some time ago, Berlin lost the trademark of alternative culture in its heart. Lets hope that Berlin will still keep some spaces of free art and not just regrets that they have none any more once they are all gone.

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The city is indeed undergoing massive gentrification, but it’s not a new phenomenon. When the Euro was introduced in the early 2000′s, owners doubled the rent, forcing families into exile in the poorer suburbs. It left space for investors, bohemian artists and other creative types to move in.

Talking with Zuleika I asked her: “and then what happened?” She  invited me in marzhan and explains me what is the MAP. Tachels has a new structure, place (Alte Börse di Marzahn) and a new project for the future: The Mobile Atelier Project (MAP) that has the goal of focusing on gentrification and uses it to create an alternative way of thinking free space: making the concept of nomadisation  a letimotiv of creation.

For understanding better what  the Tacheles was really and the soul of its artists I advise you a docu-film: THE LAST DAYS OF TACHELES by the director Stefano Casertano, that touched me because you will see the true spirit of these artists. He had the opportunity to live and follow them for a whole year (not so easy to get), then through their emotions, disappointments a journey towards new hope (maybe!).

I recommended it because the thing that struck me was a poetic and imagery that reminded me to the characters of Ermanno Olmi movies. His characters and cinema always move to represent something is going to disappear (the end of a homeless man in “The Legend of the Holy Drinker”, and the end of civilization in Lombardia in “The Tree of Wooden Clogs”) through an humanist vision, where human being is at the center of his vision, but not to do social criticism but simply to dig into the intimacy of his characters. I’ve seen the same on the movie The last days of Tacheles: simply the soul of these artists closely with their fears, disappointments and ideals. This docu-film inhabit a strong humanist space.  Note: a wonderful piano soudtrack by Maya Stern enriches the film.

Not surprisingly Olmi started his career as a documentarist.

t2 I’m a creative worker (or also artist for somebody, but It’s a word that really I don’t love so much) and the last part of Casertano’s docu-film,  where you can see the great disillusion of the Tacheles artists the days before the closing, really moved me. I don’t  know if everyone can understand, but It’s s really a tear heart to see the dismantling of a place where you spent half of your life, your ideals and beliefs.

The movie premiere will be in Rome, 22 march at the RIFF FESTIVAL.

I don’t think Tacheles will even be mentioned in history books of art because it did not produce any “great artists” or “iconic works”. But It was an experiment in the power of imagination. May it be restless in memory.

http://tachelesmovie.com/

http://artprotacheles.blogspot.it

http://daringhouse.com/eng/the-last-days-of-tacheles/


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Berlin, Berlin – A poetic visualization of a city’s manifesto by Nehemias Colindres

I love Berlin! I’m italian but Berlin is the city that made me feel at home for the first time.

Watch this wonderful video on VIMEO. https://vimeo.com/87454480

berlin (1) American Director Nehemias Colindres creates an ODE to his adopted city: Berlin. He’s a great talent and for the past four years Colindres has been working on music videos and commercials alongside veteran directors, including Paul Hunter and Wayne Isham. Recently, Nehemias penned his first feature and directed several commercial spots.

Nehemias Colindres filmmaler originally from L.A. and now living in Berlin. He has obviously fallen in love, like me, with our beloved exciting, free spirited and sometimes also very solemn capital city. Colindres expresses his emotions in his beautiful short film “Berlin, Berlin – A poetic visualization of a city’s manifesto”.: a melancholic movie and its beautiful pictures succeed in catching the different vibes of the streets of Berlin.

berlin “My name is Nehemias Colindres, I am pleased to present you my latest lifestyle film. We are very proud of this project and think it embodies a certain essence about Berlin.

BERLIN BERLIN is a poetic visualization of our beloved city. It takes us on an emotional journey throughout Berlin, it shows us the highs and lows of what it means to be in Berlin.”

The movie shows what it is like to live in this great but sometimes overwhelming place. A magic visualization of the spirit of Berlin.

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