Spirit of Exploration

Group Show with works by Dimitra Charamandas, Adrian Falkner, Nadja Kirschgarten, Andrea Nottaris and Filib Schürmann. Opening: 26th of October 2019, 5pm

26.10.2019 – 01.12.2019

Former Herren-Globus, Olten


UNFROZEN EDUCATION – Or how to Relearn

The art exhibition FROZEN EDUCATION, that took place in October 2018 in Basel, Switzerland, became a working laboratory where artists and public reflected on the past, present and future of the Greek educational system throughout the recent decades, and moreover researched the effect of art as an active tool and platform for pedagogy. Based on the discussions and exchange that FROZEN EDUCATION initiated, the continuation art project UNFROZEN EDUCATION - Or How To Relearn has been conceived to take place in different locations around Rethymno, Crete, in October 2019.

Sociologist Donna Haraway states: „We find ourselves in a time-tunnel of onrushing and irreversible extinction, that’s simply a fact“. In the Anthropocene, the geological epoch where humans have become a geological force and transformation of the landscape surrounding us happens with an accelerated rate, what is still natural and what is anthropogenic? How can we navigate ourselves in-between modified nature and overtaking technology? Instead of refusing tradition and folk knowledge or demonizing technology and science, we could let them come together, collide and collaborate in order to show us ways towards new sustainable futures. In times of virtual reality, a huge range of blurred fake news and unbelievable facts like the ongoing denial of climate change, it is even more important to not freeze in powerlessness and to ask: How and why are we trapped in a toxic system and so often not capable to act? In the context of an art exhibition, one could ask: What is valuable about an artist’s approach to one`s surroundings? Maybe, observing and recognizing the trodden paths of our own mind and making new approaches imaginable. Our context and narratives influence the possibilities that we are able to see in our environment. Like this, they eventually impact the tilting moment for either immobility – or action. How can we raise awareness for our surroundings and regain our sensibility towards their fragile balance? There is a need to relearn multiple forms of curiosity. A need for new educational platforms in order to keep our instincts awake and be present.

With UNFROZEN EDUCATION – Or How To Relearn the engaging artists and thinkers want to explore the interplay of these theoretical fields and the space of experience that can be opened through the sensual quality of the art. More than ever it is essential to unlearn the patterns of a society molded by inherited conditioning and to think in a more inclusive way: To sharpen our sensibility and to develop an autonomous approach to the issues of our present – and what is yet to come.

05.10.2019 – 28.10.2019

Rethymno, Crete

Fortsetzung folgt

Geschichten aus der Sammlung des Kunstvereins Solothurn

20.07.2019 – 06.10.2019

Graphisches Kabinett, Kunstmuseum Solothurn

Ohne Verfallsdatum – Schenkungen und Leihgaben der Sammlung Migros Aare

Die Genossenschaft Migros Aare hat in verschiedenen und unterschiedlich intensiven Etappen seit Ende der 1960er-Jahre eine vielfältige Kunstsammlung aufgebaut. Zwischen 1987 und 1997 erhielt der damalige Direktor der Kunsthalle Bern, Ulrich Loock, den Auftrag gezielt Kunstwerke von herausragenden Künstlerinnen und Künstlern anzukaufen, die das aktuelle, regionale Kunstschaffen der Region Bern abbildeten. 2005 gingen die Werke aus dieser Ankaufsperiode als Schenkung an das Kunstmuseum Bern. Damit wollte die Migros Aare dafür sorgen, dass die Kunstwerke weiterhin einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich bleiben. Ein repräsentativer Überblick dieses Schenkungsbestands wird nun erstmals in einer eigenen Ausstellung präsentiert.
Die Ausstellung «Ohne Verfallsdatum» zeigt die unverminderte Relevanz dieser Positionen, in Kombination mit neueren Werken aus der Kunstsammlung der Migros Aare. 2016 hat die Migros Aare ihre Sammlungstätigkeit wieder intensiviert. Seither ist eine fachkundige Ankaufskommission dafür verantwortlich, weiterhin herausragende regionale Kunst durch Ankäufe zu fördern und diese zu vermitteln. Werke von Kunstschaffenden aus unterschiedlichen Generationen und Ankaufsperioden werden in der Ausstellung  miteinander in einen Dialog treten, der deutlich macht, dass Kunst kein Verfallsdatum kennt, sondern sich aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven immer wieder aktualisieren lässt.

Mit Werken von: Peter Aerschmann, M.S. Bastian & Isabelle L., Babette Berger, Heinz Brand, Balthasar Burkhard, Vincent Chablais, Dimitra Charamandas, Quynh Dong, Marianne Engel, Esther Ernst, Gabi Fuhrimann, Mireille Gros, Maia Gusberti, Jerry Haenggli, Thomas Kneubühler, Tomás Kratky, Alois Lichtsteiner, Christian Lindow, Ingeborg Lüscher, Urs Lüthi, Heinz Mollet, Jürg Moser, Victorine Müller, Sadhyo Niederberger, Pat Noser, Adela Picón, Vaclav Pozarek, Ilona Ruegg, Claude Sandoz, Albrecht Schnider, Leopold Schropp, Irene Schubiger, Dominik Stauch, Andreas Tschersich, Rolf Winnewisser, Uwe Wittwer, Thomas Woodtli, Martin Ziegelmüller.

Eine Kooperation von Kunstmuseum Bern und dem Kulturprozent der Migros Aare

31.05.2019 – 15.09.2019

Kunstmuseum Bern

An der Kante - Solo show

With the travel grant from Atelier Mondial of the Christoph Merian Foundation Basel, I worked in Greece from April till October 2017. Since the end of 2017, I have been working with the generated field notes on new paintings, focussing on the interruptions of the organic at the interface of constructed and natural, on human traces on the soil and on the intentions of putting into an order, of using or splitting, of taming the land. 

In the Salon Mondial, new paintings will be on display. The publication On the edge, published by A-1 publishers, will be launched. The observations brought together in this publication were made in July 2018 in the context of the project Grow Together on Lesvos - a moving garden project initiated by  A-1 publishers.




Opening: Friday 26 October
Launch of the publication On the edge, A-1 publishers
6pm - 9pm

Freilager-Platz 9, 1 OG (oberhalb des HeK)
4142 Münchenstein
Tram 11, stop "Freilager"



Closing: Sonntag 11. November
12 am - 6pm



Opening hours

SA + SO 12 am - 6pm

I am present during the opening hours


 Or by arrangement:

26.10.2018 – 11.11.2018

Salon Mondial, Basel

Frozen education - Group show

Taking the Greek education system as a case study, the artists reflect on the interplay of state - religion - education - culture. Moreover, they develop their own educational utopies together with students from the Art Institute (IKU) and the Institute of Art and Design Education (LGK) of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.


Vernissage: Saturday, 13 October, 7 pm, with Art Talk
Poetry Night: Sunday, 14 October, 6 pm, by Panos Chasapis and guests
Finissage with concert: Saturday, 27 October, 6 pm, experimental music by Tassos
Tataroglou and guests



Thursday - Sunday 4 - 8pm





With Dimitra Charamandas, Panos Chasapis, Maria Glyka, Aspasia Krystalla, Dimitris Rentoumis, Tassos Tataroglou, Yota Tsotra, Vassilis Vlastaras, Kathrin Siegrist, Adonis Volanakis as well as the Xeniseum Museum of Education (MoE-X) of the University of Creta with Prof. Anthony Hourdakis and Dr. Kostas Christidis, curated by Yota Tsotra







13.10.2018 – 27.10.2018

Kasko, Basel

The lands we know - Group show

From the 15th of October 2018 onwards Sfera hosts the week-long exhibition The lands we Know with artists from India, France, Switzerland, Greece, Bulgaria and Togo. Open to the public, there is room for people to fill it with what they want to bring, for exchange and experiment. Athens as an actual key point on the political map becomes a hub for different perceptions of the landscape that surrounds us and the chances it can take or give.


In September 2018, A-1 publishers set sail to Athens, bringing with them a garden-stage. It is assembled from the same stage on which people from Syria, Congo, Palestine, Togo, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Kurdistan, Iraq and Iran performed songs, danced and recited poetry during two evenings of rare communion, togetherness and kinship in the olive groves, Moria Refugee Camp. Sailing across the Aegean connecting Lesbos and Athens, the garden-stage comes to Athens ready to receive new songs, music and poetry within the project space Sfera, extending the garden to the Greek mainland.


Από τις 15 Οκτωβρίου και για μια εβδομάδα στη Σφαίρα θα λάβει χώρα η έκθεση με τίτλο The lands we Know, με έργα καλλιτεχνών από την Ινδία, τη Γαλλία και την Ελβετία, από την Ελλάδα, τη Βουλγαρία και το Τόγκο. Χώρος υπάρχει και για οτιδήποτε θέλουν να συνεισφέρουν και να μοιράσουν οι ίδιοι οι επισκέπτες, για ανταλλαγές και πειράματα. Η Αθήνα ως κεντρικός άξονας γίνεται το σημείο επαφής διαφορετικών αντιλήψεων του τοπίου που μας περιβάλλει και των δυνατοτήτων που μπορεί να πάρει και να δώσει.


Με μια εξέδρα κήπου στις αποσκευές τους, οι A-1 publishers άνοιξαν το Σεπτέμβριο του 2018 τα πανιά και έβαλαν ρότα για Αθήνα. Η εξέδρα κήπου είναι συναρμολογημένη από την ίδια εξέδρα, πάνω στην οποία άνθρωποι από τη Συρία, το Κογκό, την Παλαιστίνη, το Τόγκο, το Αφγανιστάν, το Καμερούν, το Κουρδιστάν, το Ιράκ και το Ιράν έπαιζαν τραγούδια, χόρευαν και απήγγειλαν ποιήματα κατά τη διάρκεια δυο νυχτών σπάνιας συντροφικότητας που πέρασαν μαζί στους ελαιώνες κοντά στους καταυλισμούς της Μόριας. Με το ιστιοφόρο διασχίζουν το Αιγαίο, συνδέουν τη Λέσβο με την Αθήνα. Φέρνουν αυτή την εξέδρα ποίησης στον πολυχώρο της Σφαίρας επεκτείνοντας έτσι τον πλανόδιο κήπο τους στην ηπειρωτική Ελλάδα.


Opening: Sunday, 15th of October 2018, 5 pm
Ouzo, Mezze and poetry: Wednesday 17th of October, starting at 7 pm
Opening hours during the week: daily from 2 pm - 8 pm


Έναρξη: Κυριακή, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2018, 5μμ
Τετάρτη 17 Οκτώβρη, Ούζο, μεζές και ποίηση. Έναρξη βραδιάς στις 7μμ
Ώρες λειτουργίας κατά τη διάρκεια της εβδομάδας: καθημερινές από 2μμ-8μμ



Project space Sfera

Lambrou Katsoni 17,
Neapoli, 11472 Athens


Λάμπρου Κατσώνη 17,
Νεάπολη, 11472 Αθήνα




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Organized and curated by A-1 publishers, Dimitra Charamandas and Remo Krieg
Photography: Seraphin Lenoir 


With works by

Seraphin Lenoir
Laura Locher
Gergana Mantscheva
Zuri Camille de Souza
Jimmy Granger
Konstantinos Stratis
Johanna Schaible
Dimitra Charamandas




15.10.2018 – 20.10.2018

Sfera, Athen

Grow together - A moving garden

As a part of the project Flat Sphere, on my walk throughout Greece, Lesbos became a two weeks stop - I took part in the garden project of the collective A-1 publishers. The project Grow together - in the Community Center of the Swiss Red Cross close to the refugee camps of Moria - makes space that can be shared, in which knowledge is being exchanged. Text fragments describe the observed situations, that take place in the shade of that garden: During the full circle of a whole day, from the first light of the dawn until the evening, shadows move over the soil, draw new maps constantly, protect where they fall, expose, where they are missing. What happens in this microcosmos, where strangers meet? What happens in the protecting shade, which conflicts in a limited space?


And in the meantime, the stones are grinding,
the caves are dripping, the wind is abrading,
the water in forming, the heat is burning


The garden as a display of these seemingly everyday scenes arise questions about the way the soil is being handled. Who claims it, who makes use of it? Which space is accessible, and for whom?

02.07.2018 – 21.07.2018

Lesvos, Greece

As we sink we melt - Solo show

Opening: 7. Juni 2018, 18h - 20h

07.06.2018 – 14.07.2018

Galerie SOON, Münstergasse 62, 3011 Bern