By Stefanie Jahn
On Thursday, the 19th of May the opening of New Kingdom, Vera Kochubey’s first solo show in Berlin, took place at the art scouts gallery in the district of Charlottenburg.
Vera Kochubey is a rising star, a painter and performance artist from Moscow, based in Berlin. After different performances and exhibits in Los Angeles, Paris and Berlin, the Art Scouts Gallery is currently presenting her first solo show, entitled New Kingdom, in Berlin.
New Kingdom is revolt on canvas. Not only do claims like “Have you figured this life out yet?”, “Capitalism is witchcraft” or “(Not) Everybody is a star” confront you with the general state we’re in as a society – but also they force you to think and reflect on a personal level. Vera Kochubey wants to challenge the viewer and if you’re not dead, she succeeds. Her strong symbolism, her colours of choice, and her visual language are sending a message to your unconscious mind.
Heavily influenced by works of Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault and Carl Gustav Jung, mind studies and philosophy are a big source of inspiration for the artist. Transformation of society and the self are topics shining though, in each of her large-scale paintings. They are not only spiritual, but also political in a way. New Kingdom is about change, about re-defining and finding oneself, about re-birth of the self and society. It is a brave and bold statement by one of Berlin’s most exciting artists. This is just the beginning, for sure.
19 May – 25 June 2016
The Art Scouts Gallery
10629 Berlin, Germany