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Instagram Takeover

The hashtag #AloneTogether says that we are not alone in these times, but united in the same situation.

C/O Berlin is inviting selected artists to take over our Instagram account for one week each. They will give us insight into diverse worlds of thoughts and ideas about the current situation and give us different perspectives on individual isolation, general insecurity, and the slowdown in everyday life. 

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes this week as our seventh and last guest Mary McCartney, who will give us an insight into her personal archives. The photographer chose images which remind us of physical closeness and intimate encounters – all those precious experiences which we are so much missing since the Coronavirus outbreak.

“I am always observing, searching for those simple unguarded moments of connection and intimacy. Now with the world in lockdown I have cast my eye back through my archive with a changed perspective: looking through contact sheets in search of images I have taken over the years capturing a touch, a kiss, or even just two friends standing side by side. These photographs hold new found meaning and emotion. This has become a portfolio in itself, a group of #MomentofAffection images that inspire in me again now a sense of joy and connection. Within these moments I find new appreciation, looking forward to when we can meet and be together again.”

On March 6, 2020, just one week before all museums had to close for an indefinite period, the photographer Mary McCartney celebrated with us the opening of the exhibition The Polaroid Diaries featuring the work of her mother Linda McCartney. Now C/O Berlin is looking forward to open the exhibition again next Thursday, May 21, and is very happy to have Mary to accompany us on Instagram in joyful anticipation.

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes as our sixth guest the artist duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, who this week will give an insight into their collaborative work and their separate daily lives.

Instead of doing traveling projects and spending time in their shared studio, the two artists stay in two different places due to the closed borders and are trying to evolve a new way of working together over distance. This week they will not only open their archives for us to combine them with personal insights into their respective isolation, but will also show us the creative process of their current project Future Perfect, which deals with the faster changing reception and imagination of our future.

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs took an important position in our theme-based exhibition Back to the Future . The 19th Century in the 21st Century, in which we explored in 2018 the interest of contemporary artists in historic photographic techniques of the nineteenth century. Taiyo Onorato also was as a jury member to select this year’s winner of the C/O Berlin Talent Award.

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes as our fifth guest Anna-Lena Krause, who will reflect this week on the feeling of longing and belonging.

Berlin is her hometown, London is her place of residence – but with the Corona eruption she returned home and viewed her archives here for us. Her works became the starting point for her associative thoughts on the forced isolation and sudden change in the everyday life of the young photographer. Where are we going? Where do we come from? What kind of world do we live in? And has it now reached its limits? And what about ours?
Anna-Lena Krause was one of 27 artists who turned our exhibition No Photos On The Dance Floor! Berlin 1989-Today! to a most exciting and emotional experience.

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes this week Adam Broomberg as our fourth guest, who will be collaborating with Michael Mack in a project that has never before been shown in public.

Four years ago, the artist entered into a private dialog with his publisher Michael Mack, the founder of the publishing house MACK. Mack began sending him photo books by “his” artists, which Broomberg used as source material for his artistic interventions. By hijacking the books and supplementing them with private photos and texts, an intimate conversation has been developing between the publisher and the artist over a large distance in time and space. This breaks with our communication and viewing habits and thus creates new ways of exchange. Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin inspired so many visitors with their exhibition Don't Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones on display at the Amerika Haus in 2016.

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes photo artist Lina Scheynius this week as our third guest and is happy to browse together with her through her eleven-part self-publication My Photo Books. The photographs taken between 1991 and 2018 offer an intimate view of the everyday life of a woman of the twenty-first century with her friends and her loved ones. In times of social distancing we appreciate even more the uncompromising closeness of privacy that these images convey to the viewer.
This summer C/O Berlin is planning a book presentation with Lina Scheynius at the Amerika Haus.

C/O Berlin Hosts welcomes Joel Meyerowitz as our second guest this week and is looking forward to celebrating the beautiful moments of life with him and the hashtag #picturesofjoy – so that we all may have such joy again soon and for these days get inspired by happy memories!

In the year 2018 C/O Berlin presented the work of Joel Meyerowitz in a comprehensive retrospective including vintage color and black-and white prints from all of the photographer's important creative phases from the 1960s to the present.

Stefanie Moshammer is the winner of the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2018. She was honored for her work Not Just Your Face Honey that inspired so many visitors of her solo exhibition at Amerika Haus. C/O Berlin is extremely happy to work with her again and welcome her as the first guest at C/O Berlin Hosts.