6-18 June 2020
Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
During this time, when we have not been allowed to meet our friends, hug, or rub our eyeballs against the eyeballs of strangers, I fill my days in other ways:
1. Many hours on the internet. Targeted advertising thinks I want to get pregnant and learn to draw ‘like a pro’ so I can ‘blow people’s minds’.
2. Walks around the neighbourhood. I am comforted by an abundance of children’s chalk drawings on the pavement (spaced 1.5m apart). I listen to the birds and marvel at spring. The world continues. I feel most alive when I visit the cemetery.
I sign up to the online drawing class.
Now shops are opening up again and maybe one day we can gather with friends like we used to.
Fifty-six days in isolation and I have survived.
Interview for Urbanpresents with Katja Aksenenka, photos curated by Katia Hermann
Many thanks to Adriano Rosselli and How To Kill A Graffiti for their painty assistance; Caitlin Hespe who inspired this mural with her ‘self-reflection on steroids’ quote; Layla Rubi for digital prep-help; Alexandra Spence, Jan Kucic-Riker and Momo for pre-mural text-edits/-encouragings; and many others who have supported this project in different ways.
organisers/jury/curators: Señor Schnu • Urban Spree
jury/curators: Katia Hermann • Johannes Mundinger • Julia Benz
documenting team: Sophie Schermer • Lukas K Stiller • Sehr Bueno • Anna Neis • Katja Aksenenka
Other StillStand artists:
mural narrative painting