Current exhibition:

Lizza May David
November 26, 2016 - January 13, 2017
Opening: November 25, 6-9 pm


Lizza May David, You try, 2016, Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm


We are happy to announce our first solo exhibition with Lizza May David. (born 1975, Quezon City, Philippines) In her previous works she has considered the reappropriation of Philippine modern painting (particularly those found in institutional collections in the Philippines). She confronts questions of abstraction and historiography relating to simultaneities and transnational aesthetic interactions. She is interested in how social and cultural capital is represented and how to highlight its marginal aspects. Within an architectural framework she works with dichotomies of display and issues of visibility/invisibilities. Much of her previous work is autobiographical and investigates issues of identity, labor/migration and memory.

Exploratory in nature, the paintings today reflect her contextual artistic disposition, confronting formalism and abstraction. She understands the canvas as sensorium for social change within specific localities, looking at the paintings’ materiality, sensualism, proximity and questions of non-/representation through processual painting practice. Seeing the canvas as a subject, like in her documentary films, she follows the image wherever it takes her. The artist anchors her approach in the proximity of artistic resource, as well as her responses to the physicality of painting. According to art historian Oona Lochner „she circles the missing, the absent, the unknown, and reproduces margins until a center emerges. Her painting becomes evidence of ‚localized, embodied thought’1).

1)  Avigail Moss/Kerstin Stakemeier, Implicit Horizon, in: id. (eds.), Painting. The Implicit Horizon, The Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012, pp. 9-21, here: p. 18.

Book Launch
Lizza May David - the canvas and the monkey

During the opening of her exhibition we will present her new book at the gallery.
Inspired by her Filipino heritage Lizza May David’s work explores issues of memory, knowledge and loss in archives and nature of the Philippines. This publication provides an insight into her current approach to painting within the context of her oevre over the last decade, acommpanied by essays by  Oona Lochner, Victoria Herrera, Anna-Lena Wenzel a.o.
96 Seiten, Kerber Verlag

Lizza May David (born 1975, Quezon City, Philippines) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg (Germany), École des Beaux Arts de Lyon (France) and University of Arts Berlin. Selected exhibitions:  2014 Tabula Rasa | 1335mabini Studios | Manila | Philippines (E), Artist Unknown | Cultural Center of the Philippines | Manila | Philippines (E). 2016 Graduale 16: No new kind of Duck | Rosa-Luxemburg Platz | Berlin (G), Abortion of Cute | 8.Salon | Hamburg (G), TRIAS | NON Berlin (G), Don´t Panic It´s Organic | Galerie Zimmermann-Kratochwill | Graz (G),  Topsy Turvy | Finale Art File | Manila | Philippines (G)