A solo show by Luiza Margan
July 6 – July 30, 2021
This is Luiza Margan’s first solo exhibition in Berlin. In the exhibition space SCOPE BLN, she shows an installation of several sculptural works and interventions. The title Top Lage (eng. Perfect Location) is inspired by the artist’s research into the language of real-estate agencies (Immobilien Agentur, specifically in Germany) and the way they instrumentalise language in order to create additional value in the business of selling not only property but a promise of a life-style as well.
As the SCOPE BLN art residency and exhibition space is itself part of a property development business that plays a role in the gentrification of the Moabit area of Berlin-Mitte, the artist takes this socio-spatial condition, so endemic to the city, as a groundwork for creating her spatial intervention.
Margan uses historical materials gathered on the grounds of the gallery building - from before the recent renovation – as a basis for her installation.
Other elements are inspired by the overall aesthetic of the city branding; on one hand, the guerilla, alternative and playful, opposed by the neo-traditionalist currents in architecture. By implementing her own role as an artist on this stage, she questions the (im-) possibility of subversive voices from within it.
Luiza Margan’s artistic practice is embedded in conceptual and material understanding of (public) spaces, investigating their social, political and poetic potential. Her works dissect historical, ideological, and aesthetic value systems, creating new readings of space, social relations and their future imaginings.
Through almost archeological investigation of existing public areas, monuments or relevant architecture, Margan’s sculptural works are often created through incorporation of found materials into new forms. These often correspond and activate a specific gallery (or public space) structure. Such approach questions the order of things within the socio-economic system within which they appear and the creation of value inscribed within it.
Luiza Margan was born in Rijeka, Croatia and lives in Vienna and Rijeka.
The project is supported by:
Opening: July 6th (Tuesday), 6pm.
The exhibition will run until July 30th.
Lübecker Straße 43, 10559 Berlin
The event will take place in compliance with all Covid-19 pandemic measures. Protective masks and a distance of 1.5 m between the guests are required.