Berlin Senate Residency Program: İstanbul Residents

March – May 2022

Alexandru Mihai Budeș

Alexandru Mihai Budeș is primarily a storyteller. Touching biographical elements, he weaves together fact, history, mythology, observations and parallels drawn between the cultures encountered, elements of literature and conversations, human feelings, and states of mind – which interrogate different aspects of common and personal reality, consciousness, and subconsciousness.

His diverse background forms the blueprint of his artistic practice that connects, translates and operates across the borders of different media, artistic genres and disciplines. His work takes the shape of sculptures, performances, films, drawings, installations to machines and AI programs, which he creates by drawing on sources ranging from local legends to global knowledge and to personal anthropology.

Alexandru Mihai Budeș is a Romanian visual artist based in Berlin. Born in 1992 in an artist’s family, he first studied architecture in High School and later followed a BA in Theory and History of Art at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. Here he continued with an MA in Fine Arts/ Sculpturing, finishing with a scholarship abroad at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany.

In 2019, he attended a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris offered by the Cultural Institute of Romania. Recently, his project ‘’Moving East’’ (a series of exhibitions with collaborating local and foreign artists) was selected by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe for the Global Stipendium 2022, which will take place in Bucharest, Romania.

September – November 2021

Astrid Busch

Astrid Busch (1968, Krefeld) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin, where she graduated as a master student of Prof. Katharina Grosse. She lives and works in Berlin and Düsseldorf.

In her room-sized installation works, Astrid Busch investigates architectural, historical, and social situations and their physical conditions. In the process, she always reflects the work’s location and the various layers and memory structures that inhabit it, creating a dense web of fragments that break up the real to allow for new correlations. Photographs that take up entire walls, photographic objects and video installations enter into dialogue with the actual space, expanding and transforming it.

Her works have been shown in national and international exhibitions at, among others, the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr (2020), the Hetjens Museum – German Museum of Ceramics in Düsseldorf (2020), the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia (2019), the DB Museum / Museum for Communication in Nuremberg (2019), the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf (2019), the Kai 10 / Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf (2018), the Fotogalerie Wien in Vienna (2017), the Tbilisi History Museum, Georgia (2017), La Forme in Le Havre, France (2016), the Kunsthaus in Nuremberg (2016), the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia (2016), the Museum for Art and Cultural History in Dortmund (2014) and the German Consulate General in New York City, USA (2012).

March – May 2021

Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

In her research-based installations, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton traces artifacts and the stories and spaces they create, examining the process of cultural shifting and appropriation that occurs when centers of power implode and reshape. She usually works in the form of long-term projects, revisiting places several times to develop projects. For exhibitions, she builds architectural display-sculptures that present collected artifacts, sculpture, photography and video work.

In 2016 Trenka-Dalton published the catalog „PALMS“ (Textem Verlag Hamburg), giving a comprehensive overview of her work between 2005 and 2015.

Her work has been shown at after the butcher, Berlin (2020), Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kochi, India (2019), Stadtbad Neukölln, Berlin (2019), Villa Romana, Florence (2018), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2017), Alserkal Avenue, Dubai (2017), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015), Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (2014).

Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton (*1979 Berlin) studied visual art at the University of the Arts Berlin and Cooper Union, New York City.

September – November 2020

Anna Lehmann-Brauns

In her work, Anna Lehmann-Brauns deals with the space as a place of subjective and collective memory. She works with the photographical medium, as the interface of painting. Some of her rooms are found, others are built in miniature. People are absent in her often colorful, large-format and fragmentary pictures. They remain only indirectly recognizable in their imaginary traces.

Anna Lehmann-Brauns was born in 1967 and lives and works in Berlin. She studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig under Joachim Brohm. Her work has received several awards and is presented nationally and internationally.

In recent years, her work has been shown in Clervaux, cité de l’image, Luxembourg, at the Recontres de la photographie Arles, in German Architecture Museum Frankfurt am Main, in Arp-Museum Bonn, in Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, in Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, in Kunstverein Konstanz and in the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum.

March – August 2020

Eva Bertram

Photographically, but also cinematographically and cross-media, Eva Bertram asks questions about seemingly familiar facts. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the underlying everyday in its processual constitution in the public and private spheres has been the main theme of her artistic exploration. For her, photography is the most suitable medium to refine her pictorial strategy of small shifts in the ordinary in such a concrete and at the same time ambiguous way, in order to adequately counter the inadequacies of existence and the melancholia that goes with it.

Eva Bertram, born 1964, lives and works in Berlin. She gratuated with honours at the Folkwang University of Fine Arts in Essen under Jürgen Klauke, specialized in artistic photography and film/video. She has received numerous grants and her work can be found in public and private collections as well as in artist books, such as „VOR DER TÜR/NON-LOCAL, 2003 published by Schaden, or “2 One Child“, 2010, published by Hatje Cantz. Since 2005 Eva Bertram is also working as lecturer for photography – a.o. Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin, UdK Berlin.

September 2019 – February 2020

Roman Schramm

In his works, Roman Schramm combines photography, sculpture, and 3D-renderings to form visual spaces that not only emphasize the elements presented and direct attention to detail, structure, and form, but also explore the dynamism of staging and perception. The images are developed through a process of observations and are expressed in different installations where the spatial attribute of images is pronounced. In 2010, he founded the artist magazine SKULPI. SKULPI is a platform where dialogues with artists, musicians and writers are created and made visible in an experimental form.

ROMAN SCHRAMM graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Exhibitions include: ‘Lilia & Tulipan’ Kusthalle Lingen, Germany (2018); Kunsthaus Jesteburg (solo, 2016); Barlach Halle K, Hamburg (solo, 2016); Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin (2016); ‘Never Leave Me’ On Stellar Rays, New York (2016), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015);  and; ‘The Human Apparatus’ Klemms, Berlin (2015).

March – August 2019

Sven Johne

Sven Johne (born 1976, Bergen auf Rügen, GDR), studied German Literature, Journalism and Onomastics at the University of Leipzig from 1996 to 1998, and later Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, under Prof. Timm Rautert. In his works—ranging from extensive photography-and-text series over videos to travel journals—Johne consistently links textual and pictorial sources. The artist’s oeuvre is complemented by monographs and artist books, among others the latest publication ’47 Faults Between Calais and Idomeni’, 2018, published by the Hans und Charlotte Krull Stiftung, Berlin.

Johne’s works are part of international collections such as the Bundeskunstsammlung, the Museum Folkwang Essen, Centre Pompidou, and the Sprengel Museum Hannover.

Johne’s work has recently been shown at Camera Austria in Graz, AU; Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, LVA; the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Hamburg; at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; mumok, Vienna, AT (2017); Hiroshima MoCA Hiroshima, JP; Pinakothek der Moderne, München; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

September 2018 – February 2019

Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli

After graduating in 2011 from the art academies in Berlin Birgit Auf der Lauer and Caspar Pauli continued to work together as a duo, also collaborating with colleagues on various projects. Their immediate and culturally diverse neighbourhood of Neukölln in Berlin moves them and propels their work – sometimes towards research trips to other cities or countries, sometimes just a few steps down neighbouring pavements.

After lengthy conversations with people, colleagues or their families about their history, beliefs, belongings, nations and identities, personal landmarks and upheavals, after roaming around and searching for a form of narrative, Birgit and Caspar create works ranging between installation, performance, text and video.