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Collect fashion, wear art. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) may be over this year, but what is coming is equally interesting. This weekend, the Positions Art Fair marked the beginning of the highly awaited Berlin Art Week, at the Tempelhof Airport. In an explosive partnership between Berlin Fashion and Art Week, visitors could enjoy the transition from Fashion to Art, in the hangars 5 and 6 of the airport divented into an event location of the capital of Germany. Positions Art Fair took place from 09-12 September 2021.
The eight edition of POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair opened the door of the eagerly awaited art season in Berlin. This year, 110 international galleries participated and presented their artistic positions to a vast audience of collectors, curation, institutions and journalists. The fair offered different points of view, so visitors can discover new positions. Visitors at POSITIONS had also the possibility to buy the art that was displayed. The participant galleries were from sixteen different countries, and represented the quality and diversity of the international art scene. New galleries this year include: Reiter Galleries (Berlin/Leipzig), Kogo Gallery (Tartu, Estonia), DAM Projects (Berlin), Galeria Anita Beckers (Frankfurt am Main), among others.
In adittion, and in response to the current coronavirus pandemic, POSITIONS Berlin developed an online platform: Live.POSITIONS, to offer a digital insight into the booths, direct contact with galleries, and virtual participation in streamed tours.
Photography, paintings, sculptures, fashion, and more. In the hangars of the Tempelhof Airport there was something for every taste. Over a thousand art pieces were gathered on the weekend, and many of them were sold. As soon as one entered the Fair, one of the first stands was the one of The Curve, a nomadic gallery founded In Berlin in 2015, that dedicates exclusively to exhibiting and promoting contemporary collage art.
The Mianki Gallery, as well from Berlin, presented the work of Gisoo Kim. Gisoo achieves to create new worlds, by assembling photographs of very different places and subjects manually. Anahita Contemporary, another Berliner gallery, was present showing the work of Kalpesh Lathigra. Kalpesh is a photographer, born in London, with Indian descent. His work has won multiple awards, and the exhibition at POSITIONS, Mémoire Temporelle, is his European solo-exhibition debut. Debuting gallery Kogo, from Estonia, was presenting work from artists Alexei Gordin, Kennet Lekko, Kristen Röstas and Kelli Gedvill.
In participation with the Berlin Fashion Week, Fashion Positions presented twenty independent Berlin Fashion and Accessories Designers, that showcased their curated positions together with all the 110 international galleries present at the Fair. The label Cruba rethought forms of human community in the form of cohesive clothing in their booth; and other labels showed their new collections. The Berliner collective, EQUIPE BERLIN, displayed the designs of four sustainable designers with base in the city. Many of the designers also entered into direct dialogue with art. Esther Perbandt showed her own conceptual work of art created from fabric instead in garments. Other labels collaborated with other artists. For example, the jewelry brand Uncommon Matters, showed its accessories as a part of a geometric installation by Yolanda Gouws.
There was no surprise, POSITIONS Art Fair did not let down; and left all of us waiting and excited for the upcoming Berlin Art Week 2021.
*Header image courtesy of Natalia Carstens
+ Words: Leila Salinas, Luxiders Magazine
Journalist | Berlin-based
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