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First Exhibition @Ratepay from 16th February until 30th May 2023.
„Come Closer. How Sustainability & Art go together”

Together with the curator Dr. Beatrice Miersch, Ratepay presented the first art exhibition with 9 artists with the opening of the new office in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Guideded by the values of sustainability, up-and-coming an successful Berlin artist presented their perspectives on our world. With a critical eye, they questioned and commented on our  interaction with the environment, within social realtionships and socio-political developments.

Our purpose? We hope you get inspired by art to talk about your ideas, desires, goals and challenges – especially in the times we are facing!

For you. For the community. #Sustainability

How Art & Sustainability @Ratepay go together

Ratepay has a holistic approach to sustainability that embraces social justice, environmental protection, and economics. With this exhibition, we wanted to focus on these perspectives-. Healing the environment, strengthen the society, and empowering the people – leads to sustainabel success.

Ratepay’s heart and main resource is its people. Having introduced social engagement through participation in charitable projects to our employees (like Community Connect @Ratepay since the beginning of 2021) – now it‘s time to connect with art. Using art as a lens can help us see these important social issues, sharpen our thinking, and stimulate debate.

Interview with Dr. Beatrice Miersch – Curator of the exhibition

The artists

All 9 selected artists deal with themes related to our changing society, inspiring new perspectives about what we should cherish, while also provoking pivotal questions we should be talking about right now.

Giulia Artusa

The half-Italian Berlin based photographer has a unique instinct for the right moment. Intuition and feeling – that’s what Giulia Artusa relies on when she presses the shutter release of her analogue camera. Her focus is on light and composition, on the feeling of a scene and the beauty of the atmosphere. Her lightening is special and creates highlights, great contrasts and blurred lines that play with each other. Her subjects, on the other hand, are sharp and political to create feminist perspectives in wonderful images. Enjoy!

Macari. (2022)

Artist Interview: Giulia Artusa

Peter Buechler

Do not go there (Life Vest) 2021

Peter Buechler turns things upside down. His talent lies in visualizing existing objects, photographs, or old master paintings in a completely new way. He transfers objects artistically by adding new dimensions of meaning to them or commenting ironically on their previous significance. Buechler often combines them with words to complete his metaphors of our world.

Martin de Crignis

From what and how does the value of a man arise? What role does visual appearance play in this? The image of the male* body is so firmly burned into our consciousness that it is easy to forget that there is no universally valid standard for „manly“, „pretty“ or „ugly“. A norm that is also constantly changing over time. In the 66 photographs, photographer Martin de Crignis uses the aesthetics and lighting of US bodybuilder photos from the 1960s and combines it with the participating men’s own desire for representation. With images of pop culture objects he generates a tableau that promotes new images of masculinity. How would you like to be seen?

Tell me I’m manly, tell me I’m pretty (2021)

Martin’s Timelapse video

Grigori Dor

Landscape With Falling Sky (2022)

In his enigmatic and surreal collage paintings, Berlin-based artist Grigori Dor combines wonderful landscape painting with visual disturbances rising from our digital flood of images. Will we face the apocalypse if we continue like this? Don’t be afraid – and look more closely & with love to our world!

Stephan Dybus

Stephan Dybus is a Visual artist based in Berlin. His work strives to flip the narrative of self image and self optimization in our present day existence. He tries to show something that resonates more with our own imperfections and inadequacies as human beings. Can you feel it?

I Gave up The Concept (2020)

Sophia Pompéry

Reflecting reflection: These terms with their philosophical and physical double interpretation of thinking and mirrowing are central to the art of Sophia Pompéry.The magic of Sophia Pompéry’s conceptual work arises from her fascination with physical and optical phenomena, a fascination that focuses on apparently everyday occurrence and brings the unique in it to sight. She takes the commonplace and then invents a situation in which it becomes divested of ist ordinariness. And suddenly, our supposedly rationally ordered world is turned topsy-turvy.

Marc Sparfel

Marc Sparfel transforms pieces from old and discarded furniture he gathered on the streets of Barcelona into elaborate animal-like masks. Having lost their original function and context, Sparfel breathes new life into them through his creative mind. By doing so, his sculptures are fundamentally sustainable, making the artist a 21st-century hunter-gather. I would rather have these great masks than trophies of real animals on the wall, what do you think?

Smart Bull (2020)

Viktoria Strecker

SKOTOME (2012-2014)

Quick yet determined, Viktoria Streckers hands fly with her chosen drawing material – whether with a pencil, liquid polystyrene or a small needle for the finest drawings. She is fascinated by things that condense, rhythmic, complex structures – on the level of content and material – buliding her own artistic alphabet. And her head? It dives into the deep spheres of consciousness in search of the basic force of humanity, its origins and transience.

Marc Taschowsky

Marc Taschowsky paints icons of our time. In his works, we encounter figures from all walks of popular culture such as The Queen, Humphrey Bogart or Kermit from Sesame Street. In his colourful and complex compositions, he ironically adresses the sensory overload of of the media age. Pop aesthetics meet surrealism in Taschowsky´s work. Can you resist identifying all its cultural reference?

Köpfe / Heads (2005 – heute)

Dr. Beatrice Miersch guiding through some of the artworks

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