An exhibition of work and documentation of performance projects in Germany by American artist Lara Salmon, a SomoS resident for summer 2018.
As part of her artistic practice here in Berlin, Salmon performs "Tower 13" a ritualised sleep-in at the Tempelhof airport for 30 days leading up to the opening date of her exhibition. She describes her intention of visiting the space every night and sleeping there as a poetic musing on the complicated history of the site itself.
"As I lie in the night, a radar tower glowing ominously red looms above me. The Americans built it during their 50-year occupation of the airport. Below me is the 24-hour “Arrival Center for Asylum Seekers.” Beyond its entrance people wait to be sent to proper refuge shelters or to be denied asylum. Between the glare of the radar tower and the noises of trucks to the center, I drift in and out of sleep. "
-- Lara Salmon, speaking about Tower 13
The artist will also exhibit a video project, produced in collaboration with Yaron Guerrero Santos, a fellow Los-Angeles artist and recent transplant to Germany, with whom she also performed at his recent solo exhibition at KdeWe in Stuttgart.
Opening: Tuesday, August 21st, 6:00-9:00 PM
Duration: Wednesday, August 22nd - Saturday, August 25th, 2018
Visiting Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 2:00-7:00 PM, or by appointment
[About Lara Salmon]
Lara Salmon was born and raised in California, USA. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has worked primarily in performance since being introduced to the medium while studying in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lara has also been involved with developing projects that unite art with refugee aid since the refugee crisis in Syria began. She has worked on such projects in California, Jordan, and more recently in Berlin.