Fifty Artists in Germany Showcase Their Work From Their Balconies Amid Lockdown

Fifty Artists in Germany Showcase Their Work From Their Balconies Amid Lockdown

After the closure of Berlin’s art galleries over the COVID-19 pandemic, around 50 artists exhibited their works on balconies, calling the audience for an “intimate visit” to enjoy their creations.

“At a time when our freedom of movement is suspended, balconies have become unique performance sites,” said the organizers who launched the project in the Prenzlauer Berg district of east Berlin.

The project’s curators Ovul Durmusoglu and Joanna Warsza, who called the artists to unleash their imagination, said: “Balconies are for getting a breath of fresh air, spending some time in the sun or smoking.”

The curious walkers in Berlin, where the rules of isolation in the face of the coronavirus pandemic are less strict than elsewhere in Germany, are invited to raise their heads and admire the artworks.

One artist displayed black and white photographs of people on their balconies in Athens and Cordoba, while another hung a ladder made from tree branches.

Other installation presents ribbons of toilet paper cascading down a building’s facade, a reference to Germans’ rush to stock up on the must-have commodity as soon as the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Europe.

The project with “zero budget, no preview, no crowds” aims to provide “an intimate walk in search of signs of life and art”, the organizers said.

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