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Welcome to Zemin Art Space !

Located within the vibrant heart of Kreuzberg, Zemin Art Space emerges as a living manifestation to accessibility of art and cultural exchange, founded on the 1st of January 2021. This space, once a humble taxi driver school, has undergone a remarkable renovation, thanks to the visionary and non-profit endeavors of its curatorial collective. Guided by a strong commitment to sustainability and community, the refurbishment process turned the space into an inclusive, diverse and international art heaven, with recycled materials and the collective effort of the surrounding community infusing it with a sense of shared purpose. The result is an inspiring curatorial research and experimentation space where direct interaction and dialogue between artists and audience is intentionally settled. By remaining as an approachable art space that is committed to accessibility, Zemin Berlin has been experiencing being the first stopover of emerging and established artists and curators. Being empowered by this strong attention of the local and international art community existing for more than 2 years, Zemin Berlin has been keeping its focus on political and urgent issues such as climate change, global boiling, transformative activism, Berlin’s urban texture, reforestation, decolonisation, solidarity, community building, ethnic and gender minorities

The result is an inspiring curatorial research and experimentation space where direct interaction and dialogue between artists and audience is intentionally settled. By remaining as an approachable art space that is committed to accessibility, Zemin Berlin has been experiencing being the first stopover of emerging and established artists and curators.

Being empowered by this strong attention of the local and international art community existing for more than 2 years, Zemin Berlin has been keeping its focus on political and urgent issues such as climate change, global boiling, transformative activism, Berlin’s urban texture, reforestation, decolonisation, solidarity, community building, ethnic and gender minorities

Tue-Sun: 16 PM – 2 AM
Monday: Closed

Who We Are

Building Communities: Unlocking the full potential of this vibrant city, we strive to establish an avant- garde and sustainable platform for artistic growth. To invigorate the creative atmosphere, we facilitate curatorial collaborations, inviting international and Berlin-based emerging talents to curate exhibits and partake in our lively local art scene. Nurturing a sense of community is woven into the very fabric of Zemin Berlin. We passionately believe that art should be accessible and relatable to all, bridging gaps and uniting diverse souls. To this end, we organize enlightening art education programs, interactive workshops, and captivating talks, ensuring that contemporary art is no longer a mystery but a welcoming realm for everyone. Berlin is an exceptional tapestry of diverse cultures and languages, and we celebrate this diversity by providing a safe space, rich in multilingual resources and inclusive topics. Our commitment extends beyond gallery walls; we actively engage with the community through participation in local events and fruitful collaborations with neighborhood initiatives, fostering inclusivity and mutual understanding. Zemin Art Space stands firmly as a platform for artists who courageously address issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage. We celebrate the expression of individual identities and the power of art to bring marginalized voices to the forefront of cultural conversations.

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Building Bridges: We bridge the gaps between international newcomer artists and local artists, creating an enriching dialogue that transcends geographical boundaries. This mission not only supports the integration of newcomers to Berlin, but also develops the network, vision and creative partnerships of Berlin artists. Until today, we have hosted artists from the Kreuzberg neighborhood, Berlin and many countries such as Sweden, Senegal, Turkey, USA, The Netherlands, Poland, France, UK, Cuba and many more. Through our numerous collaborative exhibitions, we weave intricate connections between diverse international and regional artists, celebrating unity amidst artistic diversity.

Art Education: Through interactive workshops, readings, performative lectures, screening and artist talk series, Zemin Art Space’s goal is to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds by expanding our enlightening art education programs. We ensure that contemporary art becomes an accessible and welcoming realm for all residents of Berlin. By revealing creativity and understanding through weekly workshop programmes in Zemin Art Space, we continue to bridge gaps and unite the creative souls ofBerlin..

Embracing the Future of Art

As we look ahead, we are keenly aware of the pressing global challenges that demand our attention, and we wholeheartedly embrace our role as a platform for artists to explore and respond to these critical issues. In the ever-changing landscape of the 21st century, climate change stands as one of the most urgent and universal challenges we face. Our gallery is committed to being a conduit for artists who seek to engage with this monumental topic, capturing its complexities and offering novel perspectives. As rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and endangered ecosystems come to the forefront of global discussions, we envision our gallery as a beacon for environmentally conscious art, inspiring profound reflections and collective action. As technology surges forward, we anticipate a proliferation of video art and immersive experiences in the art world. By providing a platform for artists to experiment with virtual reality and interactive installations, we aim to create spaces that push the boundaries of traditional artistic and curatorial mediums.

Curatorial Research

While Berlin has its supporters for many emerging artists and cultural workers, we recognize a societal gap in supporting emerging curators and experimental projects. In order to fill the gap in this area, we give a chance to emerging curators to realize their promising projects and provide mentoring throughout the whole process. We offer a research area for many curators to bring experimental and interdisciplinary projects and immersive space interventions to life on the walls of Zemin Art Space.

Team

Founder

Halil Ibrahim Solmaz graduated from the Bahcesehir University Film Studies in 2015 and dedicated his creative focus on Photography & Videography, gained experience in many cities such as Berlin, İstanbul, Nairobi, New York. His effort on cultural works led him to curate exhibitions and artist studios at several culture centers. In 2020, right before the Corona Pandemic, he founded Zemin Art Space located in Kreuzberg, where was once a taxi driver school and got involved in the dynamic art scene of Berlin City, thanks to the revolutions led by him. Despite the hard conditions of the Art Industry that has been passing through and affected by Pandemic and wars, Halil successfully sustained his non-profit approach and vision on accessibility of art and community building. Today Zemin Art Space stands as a strong venue, where many artists and marginalised groups of people can find solidarity.

Designer

ANANI is a multidisciplinary artist who receives most of her inspiration from her synesthesia. Autodidact she taught herself how to paint, illustrate, design, direct and write. Emerging from the world of dance, the field she worked in since the age of 10 – her visual work is strongly connected to movement and emotions. Therefore it carries deeper internal and external levels of the human understanding. In her artworks, ANANI develops new and creative approaches to upcycling and recycling practices, relates her body and movements to the politics of nature, climate change and human expansionism.

Artistic
Project Manager

Diren Demir (Istanbul, 1997) is a Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist and independent curator. Demir’s work seeks transformative solutions to the challenges posed by patriarchal and authoritarian regimes. Demir’s installations and performances frequently deal with revelation and the body-power relationship as a site of conflict. Demir focuses on transformational activism, participatory practices and developing new models of resistance in their artworks. Demir’s work includes queer themes, using their own body to challenge stereotypical gender positions and de-gender memories of place and the city by referring to LGBTIQ+ history in their articles, seminars and workshops. In 2019, their compilation

titled “A Night of June: A Biographical Analysis of the Stonewall Revolution” was published. In August 2022, their new poetry and illustration book “Hail to the Fallen” took its place in bookstores. Demir has curated more than 30 guerrilla exhibitions on streets and rural areas, putting the accessibility of art at the forefront, as well as in places such as Akbank Art and Gazhane Museum. Their works and projects were exhibited in many different countries such as Estonia, Turkey, Serbia, Netherlands, Germany, India…

Curator

Anika Krbetschek Spring-born from Berlin and interdisciplinary artist, curator and author working with and through inner- psychic experiences and their effects on identity and perception.
As an artist with diverse experiences in the psychiatric and therapeutic system, she aims to contribute to the visibility and de-stigmatisation of so-called mental illnesses and neurophysiological divergences from supposed norms as part of an inclusive and feminist discourse.

The body of her work is to build frameworks for understanding inner- psychic experiences outside of the framing „illness“ and instead within a spectrum of human experiences.
In her curatorial work she especially focuses on diversifying the art scene with inclusive and collective approaches. In 2021 she founded an interdisciplinary art collective „Bewegung als Denke“ that aims ro strengthen artistic approaches in the subcultural scene.
Having started to create and transform her inner into art while being in survival situations herself, she is initiating „surviving presence“ to make underrepresented artists and their backgrounds visible and start a discourse about the crucial meaning of the transformative potential of arts for the individual as well as society itself.

Curator

I-Wei Wu is a PhD candidate in the Heritage Studies programme and the DFG Research Training Group1913 “Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings” at Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. Master of Arts in monumental heritage studies at Anhalt University in Dessau (2017-2019); master’s thesis titled “Break to continuity? Contestation of difficult heritage in Berlin”. Professional experience includes working as an urban planner for Taipei City Urban Regeneration Office, as a researcher and production staff of documentary films “My Native Land Once Again (2016)”, “Trilogy: the naked island (2019)” for Taiwan Public Television Service. In July 2023, her short documentary film, entitled “The Becoming of Absence,” was exhibited at the Newcastle Contemporary Art Gallery

Curator

Shubhani Sharma is a young curator and a PhD aspirant in Heritage Studies at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus- Senftenberg, boasts an MA in Curatorial Practice from Bath Spa University, UK, and an additional MA in History of Arts from Panjab University, India. With a background in freelance curating spanning both India and the UK, she has honed her expertise. Shubhani’s academic pursuits centre around the dynamic intersection of curatorial activism and environmental art, a confluence that fuels her ongoing research. Notably, her professional journey encompasses roles such as Gallery Manager and Programme Coordinator at Latitude 28, New Delhi, as well as the position of Curatorial Assistant at the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, UK.

Curator

N. Rengin Sazak is a PhD student in Heritage Studies at BTU – Cottbus Senftenberg and associated PhD student at DFG Research Training Group 1913. Her PhD research is called “Evaluating the Changing Significance of Modernist Heritage and the Protection Issues. The Case Study: Atatürk Forest Farm, Ankara“. She moderated online discussion series about Atatürk Forest Farm in 2021 and she organized and conceptualized the workshop called “The Past and The Present of Modernist Heritage: The Story of Ankara“ in 2022. Her research interests are modernist architecture and landscapes and, urban policies.

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We are an innovative gallery, which focuses on the principles of equality and accessibility

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