my body my choice – der Freiheitskampf von Lumpen und Gesindel
What meaning does clothing have when naked survival is at stake? When vestimentary codes become an existential confession and when the refusal of a certain dress code means that life hangs by a hair. What ethics does military chic follow and what attitude is hidden behind the camouflage? What endows the steely body sex appeal in an outfit that signals readiness to kill, and what message does a first lady send from the cover of Vogue?
Wo:men. Life. Freedom
Performers from STREETWARE examined their bodies, their own and other people's perceptions, put uniformed aesthetics up for debate and transformed the windows of the Galerie Nord into a space of breaking boundaries: Look at us!
Alice, barbara, Flora, Jan, KDindie, Lotti, Nazanin and Oksana presented their bodies to the public and passers-by, covered and uncovered themselves, deformed their corporality and distorted their faces. They have formulated their perfect imperfect and flirted with the bad-bitch image, indulged in body worship and brushed each other's armpit hair. Butt cheeks to the left and right of the thong g-string challenged the eye and invited for a visual walk across body landscapes: Do[n't] hurt me!
I am only human after all, don’t put your blame on me!
Peep O Rama
by Boris Steinberg 2022
Am Ende des Kaleidoskops
die Peep Show des Lebens
Essenz unseres Seins
im Labyrinth ohne Ende
Mosaike und Farben
Gesichter und Hände
Hereinspaziert, Hereinspaziert !
Eintritt ist Frei !
die Peep Show beginnt
Komm, sei dabei…!
Feind küsst Feind
Krieg umarmt Frieden
Liebe küsst Hass
was bisher vermieden
in Haute Couture
mutiert zu Lumpen
Löcher und Strass
trägt jedes Gewand
Risse und Wunden
trägt jedes Kleid
Und alle Sinne bereit
am Puls der Zeit
There were peeps by
Flora Carmim | barbara caveng | Alice Fassina | Kdindie | Jan Markowsky | Oksana Moskovchenko | Lotti Seebeck | Nazanin Shamloo | leider erkrankt: Boris Steinberg
Photographs by Paolo Gallo and Joachim Gern
Technical support: Stephan Kolb and Gallery stuff
Idea and rehearsal management: barbara caveng
Organisation and production management: Alice Fassina
is addicted to languages. Among other things, she studied German. Bass guitar was the first instrument of her youth, followed by guitar, cavaquinho - but singing occupies the favourite place in her heart. Her favourite thing is to perform as a drag performer on the street and on public stages.
is an interdisciplinary working visual artist with a focus on three-dimensional artistic practice, participatory art, interventions and performances.
is an observer, Japanologist and costume designer whose artistic approach and working processes are based on sustainability and circular economy. She shares her expertise on alternatives to fast fashion as a guide, lecturer and workshop leader in various collaborations, including Circular Berlin, Green Fashion Tours, community organisations and educational institutions. In recent years, she was a co-creator of the participatory art project STREETWARE saved item and worked in various cultural and artistic projects with young people from different backgrounds. The exchange with the new generations is important to her, as it also enables an indirect and sustainable shaping of the future.
"Kdindie is a Berlin based italian-polish performance artist. Creates body architectures at the intersection of dance, theater and costume design. Through his self-made visionary characters triggers people imagination with a queer decolonial approach. Facilitator of conscious movement practices by his creative method indiemotion bridges diverse communities to be unique and united."
was an engineer in the GDR, in East and West Berlin. Contact with opponents through dissidents in Jena after imprisonment of his brother Bernd who was detained related to Wolf Biermann's expatriation, Jan emigrated to West Berlin in 1984. Various jobs as energy consultant and engineer for building services. Left the office in January 2000 after a dispute with his boss, then left his apartment.
"As a flexible and open-minded person, coped well overall with life without an apartment. Have had time to participate in preparing meals for the homeless, play theater, give lectures, participate in political committees. After a few years, regularly contributed to the social street magazine 'Strassenfeger' and later participated in 'Strassenfeger-radio'. During that time often photographed and interviewed.
Credo: I have nothing to hide, I can show myself!"
Born and raised in Ukraine. I spent a lot of time working with people, as I am a nurse by profession. However, I often went to Kyiv, where meetings of the Ukrainian Journalist Foundation were held, because my mother is a journalist, and I helped her in her work. I love creativity and art, as well as learning something new, learning from interesting people.
I value openness and respect for personal boundaries in people.
Now I'm learning German, and I'm learning to live in a new country and understand the local mentality. I left for Germany because of the war that russia started in my country.
Now it is difficult for me to think and plan, but I definitely want to find a job here, maybe not in the medical field, as I am open to something new, and I want to be able to help those who remained in Ukraine.
is an artist and cultural organiser who has been developing performances in collective formations that bring social issues into public space for several years. Intervention and site-specific research are always an important part of her work. She is part of the Common Ground initiative at the Berlin University of the Arts, which provides academic access to the arts for marginalised artists, and develops her own projects on community building, urban transformation and anti-discrimination.
was born and raised in Iran. In the haze of the intellectual families of Ahmad Shamloo and the newspaper owner Towfigh, her biography was always strongly interwoven with the political events of the country. As the only child of early divorced parents, she spent her school years at German schools in Tehran, Paris, Vienna and the Odenwald, then studied medicine in Essen and has run a psychotherapy practice since she was 34. She has had three children, early, at 21, and late, at 40. She has danced and sung all her life and more intensively in the last 15 years, which she does passionately in her artistic home Berlin.
Become an influencer for a wearable future: Ecologize, decolonize and degender your style!
Kindly supported by the Bezirksamtes Mitte, Berlin as part of the Recycling Design Prize exhibition. Special thanks to http://sektorheimat.de/, Institut für urbane Gestaltung.