Berlin nightlife icon Sven Marquardt announced its DISTURBING BEAUTY New York Art Week photo exhibit at the ArtsDistrict Brooklyn from May 18-21. In collaboration with New York nightlife impresarios Teksupport, DISTURBING BEAUTY will see the Berlin photographer exhibit a selection of his early photographic work captured in 1980s East Berlin, which will be presented by Galerie Deschler. The opening event on May 18 will see performances from a selection of notable house and techno artists, including Joris Voorn. In cooperation with visual artist Tavy Hornbrook, Marquardt presents over 100 visuals as video art on this special evening and creates a digital experience by letting images and sound blend together.
In Sven’s own words, “For over thirty years, club culture has shaped both my life – as curator of countless parties – and, of course, my life as a photographer. In a city in transition after the Roaring 80s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, for the first time I put my camera aside. It was in the late 1990s that my camera once again became a stylistic device for expressing our attitude to life. Berlin has always been the setting as well as the inspiration for my photos and my projects.
“Since 2010, my exhibition projects have been itinerant and sometimes carried out in collaboration with musicians. From 2018, residencies followed in Belgrade, Sydney and then, in 2022, in New York. For me, New York is rough and photogenic = “sexy” 24/7. The culture of the club is still to some extent “RIOT”, unadjusted and, above all, gratuitous. »
DISTURBING BEAUTY will be on view May 18-21 at the Gallery at ArtsDistrict Brooklyn, 3-9pm. The opening event on May 18 will run from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.