In her first solo exhibition no name for my desire Berlin based artist Kaj Osteroth shows a series of works from 2014 at the project space uqbar.
The figurative paintings have mainly been created in Johannesburg in 2014 during a residence at the Bag Factory Artists´ Studios, but only recently have found their final layer. With these works the artist reflects themes such as friendship, group dynamics and desires of solidarity. At the same time, the paintings confront the viewer with complex interpersonal relationships and address impotence and failure of Diversity in Practice.
The works are based on a feminist approach and a queer-feminist awareness of space and time, which also determines Osteroths cooperation with artist Lydia Hamann. The artist collective works together since of 2007. The commonly developed method of dialogical painting is artistic practice and radical gesture at the same time. In addition to questions of admiration, empowerment, and representation, looking at friendship as a way of so-called care work is of great importance in their cooperation - both as subject matter as well as in direct negotiation.
For more information see www.kaj-osteroth.com