As the year 2020 draws to a close, we look back on a challenging, experimental, yet successful year at Times Art Center Berlin. We opened the spring season with “Zhou Tao: Winter North Summer South,“ a rich and contemplative exhibition on the artist Zhou Tao’s travel to the corners of the Gobi desert, curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai. Our parallel program Conflictual Topography, organized by @Heidi Ballet, took place online during the spring lockdown, and complemented our show with interesting screenings, interviews and talks by the artists Ben Rivers, Rosa Barba, Daniela Ortiz and researcher Xiang Zairong. We were also excited to present you our new local collaboration this year, “Masks by Tailor Lê”: a production of unique face masks with @aboutaworker and the Berlin-based German-Vietnamese tailor shop.
In autumn, we were thrilled to be part of @berlinartweek with our group exhibition “Readings From Below,“ curated by Ariane Beyn (with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Elom 20ce, Musquiqui Chihying, Gregor Kasper, Jingban Hao, Christine Sun Kim, Thomas Mader, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Yuichiro Tamura & Yau Ching). Exploring new ways in which to look at archives, the exhibition was complemented by our new online publication, showcasing the artists’ works and more insights in digital form for audiences who couldn’t come visit our space in person. We also had great fun with the virtual screening and talk series „Why an Archive“ together with Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Ariane Beyn, and three seminal independent archives (Videotage, Asia Art Archive & Video Bureau), which was online for the month of November. To keep the interesting conversations with artists going, we inaugurated a Virtual Artist Talk series with Xu Wenkai and Lei Lei, and will continue to work on new contributions via our social media channels.
Our show "Readings From Below" will be extended until the end of January, 2021, in the hopes of opening our doors again for you soon. We wish you very peaceful and healthy holidays in these special times, and hope to bring you new and exciting projects in the coming year ❤️