Rebekah Flake has been an active member of the Philadelphia-based artist collective Little Berlin. This artist-run gallery is DIY and experimental in nature. The collective presents curatorial projects aimed at expanding the options for emerging and experimental artists to take risks and reach new audiences. The artists who run Little Berlin make it their mission to enhance the creative practices of other artists and performers; no Little Berlin members show their own work in the space.
Since early 2016, Flake has curated two exhibitions in Little Berlin’s main gallery, has coordinated and installed one guest curatorial project, and has hosted two public programs. These projects are listed below:
SWING STATE examined the intersection of self and site. Each work of art in this group exhibition stems from the artists’ highly personal responses to the power dynamics of place on the embodied subject. The selected projects reveal a few of the topographic peaks and canyons of the American cultural landscape. From the art spaces of Philadelphia to the rural swamps of the American South to the feminist archives to the evening news, these artists traverse different American territories, and reveal a handful of the complicated and seductive social conditions we faced in this moment of choosing (or dreading) our next President.
ARTISTS: RAZAN AL-SALAH, ANTONY ANDERSON, ROXANA AZAR, RAJEEV BALASUBRAMANYAM, AMY COUSINS, BRANDON DEAN, JEREMY DENNIS, JENN DIERDORF, JEN DUNLAP, DIMITRA ERMEIDOU, BRYANT GIRSCH, SHABRIA GOODE, JAIME ERIN JOHNSON, PATRICIA MCELROY, ANGIE MELCHIN, KRISTEN MILLS, JEN NUGENT
In tandem with the exhibition SWING STATE, Little Berlin invited the public to a Post-Election Recovery Roundtable, held one week following the closing of the national polls to elect the 45th President. After a live performance and satirical gallery tour by Kristen Mills, the group discussed how we individually and collectively planned to move forward post election, asking ourselves questions like: What are the dangers / what are the benefits facing artists? the city? the country? How do we personalize the changes to our communities? The discussion was organized and moderated by Rebekah Flake.
cover art by Brandon Dean.
“Magali Duzant: A Means To Measure” was an exhibition that featured Magali Duzant’s research into how the sky has been observed and described by historical acts of archiving and the creation of a series of tools to measure the blueness, darkness, and cloud cover of the sky alongside the movement of the sun. The show included durational photographic prints created in the gallery over the course of the installation. Out of this process-based practice, romantic gestures emerge from the data and act as answers to a rapidly changing, digitized world.
Magali Duzant is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her work combines the poetics of perception matched with a scientific approach in collecting data to examine the subjectivity of seeing and the role of technology as mediator of lived experience. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at the Queens Museum, Spring Break Art Fair, Fridman Gallery in NY, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Sydney College of Art amongst others. She holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design and a BHA in Fine Arts and Visual Culture from Carnegie Mellon University.
“Unusually Human” featured 2015 Cloud Prize winners Michelle Boulé and Joe DeVera, who were selected by juror Phong Bui of The Brooklyn Rail. The Cloud Prize is a monetary award given by Cloud Project to new and emerging artists residing in the US.
The opening reception took place August 12-28, 2016. The primary contribution to “Unusually Human” from Michelle Boulé was a live performance during the opening. Boulé presented excerpts from her newest performance work “The Monomyth,” which explores individualism in what has been called “The Age of Loneliness.” DeVera transformed the gallery with sculptural works and paintings derived from his material-based art process that explores our ability to visually access human events at various levels simultaneously, guided by the question: “How did we get here?”
Office Hours is a series of events and activities curated by Little Berlin member Rebekah Flake that address the visual arts within, without, adjacent to, and in conflict with academia. Topics include: the curriculum, unions, facilities, policies, money, community, activism, boredom, and debt. The inaugural conversation in the series was with artist/thinker/writer/