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SurVivArt Exhibition

Opening February 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm. at the galleries Meinblau and Mikael Andersen at the Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18/19, 10119 Berlin
duration: 7th – 24th February, 2012
opening hours: Tuesday through Friday 12 noon – 6 p.m., Saturdays 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
artists: Kebreab Demeke, Robel Temesgen, Alafuro Sikoki, Segun Adefila, Adebimpe Adebambo, Oeur Sokuntevy, Neak Sophal, Tith Kanitha, Nino Sarabutra, Phyoe Kyi
curator: Valia Carvalho

If you are in Berlin around this time, save the date!

For the SurVivArt project the Heinrich Böll Foundation has invited artists from around the world to reflect by means of works of art and related communications on what the “good life“ means to them and those around them. In February 2012, the works will be presented at an exhibition in Berlin.

SurVivArt was  developed by the Heinrich Böll Foundation with support from its offices around the world. On an international scale, the project aims to bridge the gap between sustainability, gender equity, and the arts and culture.
Via the website the artists involved – they are from Ethiopia, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, Nigeria and Thailand – are able to document the stages of their work and communicate with one another. Wherever non-existent, debates concerning climate change, sustainability, or gender roles were prompted by SurVivArt projects. In many locations, the project brought together for the first time artists and local communities to talk about sustainable practices within the framework of their everyday lives.
From the 7th until the 24th of February 2012 works created as part of the project by artists Kebreab Demeke, Robel Temesgen, Alafuro Sikoki, Segun Adefila, Adebimpe Adebambo, Oeur Sokuntevy, Neak Sophal, Tith Kanitha, Nino Sarabutra, and Phyoe Kyi will be on display at the galleries Mikael Andersen and Meinblau in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district.

The project has resulted in a mosaic of diverse perspectives. The art works narrate widely differing stories – about the quest for a “good life”; the quest for balance, happiness, and contentment; about the responsible as well as creative and playful handling of resources and new modes of consumption. They also tell us about the power of communities, their potential to survive, and their strength that inspires artists to contribute to a good life through their art.

A project from Thailand, for example, focuses on our patterns of consumption; in Ethiopia villagers turned omnipresent jerry cans into living art and children engaged with their visions for the future; in Cambodia the artists were inspired by rice pots and set up a flea market of memories.

Parallel to the SurVivArt presentation the conference Radius of Art will promote a never before seen international dialogue and exchange of ideas between culture, science, and politics.


Phyoe Kyi “Incomplete”

Phyoe Kyi from Myanmar/Burma presented his installation “Incomplete” in Taunggyi Shan State…more

Nino Sarabutra´s exhibition
Thai artist Nino Sarabutra presented her project “To Live or to Live a Good Life” in Bangkok…more

SurVivArt at the Über Lebenskunst Summer Festival
SurVivArt presented a sneak preview of all our artists´projects at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt…more

Oeur Sokuntevy´s Flea Market of Memories
Cambodian artist Oeur Sokuntevy organized her Flea Market of Memories on Sept. 11, where people exchanged objects and their stories…more

Tith Kanitha´s Hut´s Tep Soda Chan
On July 23rd Kanitha present her installation at her own house turning it into a very meaningful event…more

SurVivArt Inauguration at Harla
Robel Temesgen and Kebreab Demeke presented their projects in Harla on July 8th…more

Neak Sophal No Rice for the Pot
Cambodian artist Neak Sophal was the first SurVivArt artist to finsihe her project. She present her work on May 28th, 2011…more

About SurVivArt

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung central office in Berlin, Germany in cooperation with some of its regionals offices develops SurVivart, a project which through artistic and cultural actions, will propose a reflection on how sustainable practices can be incorporated in everyday life. More

SurVivArt Exhibition 2012

    SurVivArt - Arts for the right to a Good Life
    Exhibition February 5 - 24, 2012

    at the galleries:

  • Meinblau
  • Mikael Andersen
  • Pfefferberg, Christinenstrasse 18/19, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

    Opening Sunday February 5, 2012. 18:00

    Pressekontakt Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung:
    Karoline Hutter, Pressesprecherin, E-Mail:, Tel.: 030 - 285 34-202
    Achim Klapp, E-Mail:,, Tel.: 030 - 257 97 016

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