Documentation, painting, sculpture, performance, sound and video Installation presented by Golden Mint Productions, in cooperation with the cultural art project Greenhouse:
Multimedia exhibition of Samin Son's live oriented works from 2010 - 2015 - about life during and after South Korea military service, about death, and about honour the people you've lost.
Samin Son is a Korean born artist currently based in Berlin. Golden Mint Productions proudly presents Son's wide range of performance oriented works as a 2 day multimedia exhibition the 14 - 15 of August on the 8th floor of Greenhouse Berlin.
Opening night, exhibition and live performance: August 14, 6PM Exhibition and live performance: August 15, 8PM - no performance or live creation is attached to a specific time, the exhibition is in constant movement.
The history of Samin Son - about military service, lost beloved ones, life, death, education, and art
So how did it all begin?
Samin Son was a 13 year old kid from South Korea being sent by his parents to New Zealand as an International student to start his education at Hastings Boys’ High School. In this period he based himself in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, which is a small city located in the East Coast of New Zealand. During this period Son hugely felt the identity struggles which went hand in hand with daily racism he experienced. Amazing amount of support were sent and given to Son by his original parents as well as the New Zealand couple who were playing a huge roll of having him as if he were their own child. Growing up as a child in Korea he was encouraged by his mother, father, grandmother and grandfather to draw, sing, project and document.
When he was 15 years old he decides to be an artist without knowing really what would be in store, but being sure that he wants to express and communicate until the day he died. Here he met his high school art teacher David Waugh, who would play a significant roll also in encouraging him.
After enrolling at Massey University in the capital city of New Zealand in the College of Creative Arts for 2 years he was then sent back to South Korea to serve in the compulsory military training and duties. He was to be in multiple boot camps in the lead up to being placed in the Police Force of South Korea to take part in Republic of Korea Combat Police. Here he was to be training and living with all of the young Korean men for 21 months after 2 months of training beforehand. He got to meet males of similar ages from all over South Korea to struggle and survive through this period.
This was not a place where he could freely express himself like how accessible this process had been all of Son’s life. Whilst feeling frustrated, hopeless and depressed, Son attempted to see beauties in the few of the trees he would see in front in training sessions to the shadows of himself in the sunset when all of the officers get permission to make a group tobacco smoking session to end each day. Channeling the energy of a great amount of urge to want to paint and express himself, in the low rank duty of toilet cleaning sessions he starts his toothpaste selfportrait series on a mirror where he has to shine before the scrubbing of urinals, toilets and floors. This process never intended to be documented in the reason of this execution being that it should never be seen or known by his superior supervisor. To be caught in the service from the behaviours one was not allowed to perform was to be seeing violence and punishments.
Less than one month before the release from his service, Justin Hugh Williams, his very close South African New Zealand friend and colleague at Art University back in New Zealand takes his own life. On Samin Son’s return back to New Zealand he senses the changes he feels in himself and how much his friend played a significantly inspiring and encouraging role he had shown including some of Samin Son’s close friends. Son never forgot that the reason why he could do with the hardships in the Korean Military - he was able to do them with the thought of close friends and familiies and to get excited about returning to New Zealand to share the stories of his experience.
Every performance he had made has been a homage to Justin to let him know that he could not have done without him. His return to New Zealand being in the year of 2010, Samin Son is presented with multiple series of his practice shown through applied performative, improvised and experimental methods involving sound, sculpture, painting, videography and photography.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Massey University College of Creative Arts in 2012, Samin Son has exhibited internationally:
Solo exhibitions by Samin Son: Home Calling, Home Coming 070007072014 at Salt Art Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2015) Samin Son TV at The Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand (2013) To Do List at Yogiga, Seoul, Korea (2013)
Selected group shows include: Toothpaste Action Series #13 at The Lab, San Francisco White Fungus Issue 13 Launch Event(2013) Superdeluxe with Yousuke Fuyama, Tokyo, Japan (2013) Toothpaste Action Series #10 at VT ART SALON, Taipei, Taiwan Presented by White Fungus (2012) Solo at Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand (2014-2015) The Emperor’s New Clothes, Gisborne and Hamilton, New Zealand as well as Sydney, Australia (2015) Cont. Music, American Whirpools, Berlin, Germany Berlin Month of Performance Art, Meinblau Gallery, KuLe Theater, Plateau Gallery, Ackerstadt Palast, Berlin, Germany (2015)
Curation and solo and collaborative work presentation: Work & Play, a performance art exhibition with Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand with None Gallery, Dunedin Community Gallery, Dowling Steet Studios Gallery, Dunedin School of Arts, Dunedin, New Zealand (2014) Art Beats at Te Papa Tongarewa, National Museum of New Zealand (2013) Slowing Down the Light at Leonhardi Kulturprojekte, Frankfurt, Germany (2012) and Ephemeral Traces at Enjoy Public Art Gallery (2012)
Residencies include: The Gumbo, Berlin (2015) Greenhouse, Berlin (2015) Plateau Gallery, Berlin (2015) Salt Art Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2014) Development A.I.R, Auckland, New Zealand (2013) William S. Burroughs Communication, KS, USA (2013) Fresh Produce Art, KS, USA (2013) Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA (2013) with the White Fungus Collective Yogiga Expression Gallery, Seoul Korea (2013) White Fungus Office, Taichung, Taiwan (2012)
And Golden Mint Productions proudly presented: SAMIN SON 2010-2015 - a documentation showed in a multimedia exhibition of Samin Son’s life oriented work. Greenhouse Berlin, August 14 - 15.
“Everybody constructs an image of oneself, to present to other, to present for oneself even. We build on our bodies - we feed on it, we deny it, and we try to live lives which could give us some pleasure or, at least, a suitable reality.
The performance of Das Wesen aims to present the artist as a person in construction (always changing) and to relate herself with other bodies in construction - other body images.
The monster creates itself. Changes its aesthetics in order to change the reality around it. It wants to create an image.
And it wants to tell a story.”
Golden Mint Productions presented the Brazilian interdisciplinar artist in a live performance art piece about cruelty, friendship, changing bad realities, and about immigration politics in Germany.
PHOTO/VIDEO EXHIBITION & LIVE PERFORMANCE: Melancholia Extension
Video installation, photography, sculptures, and live performance in a solo exhibition by Jeanette Mansson Rodell
Golden Mint Productions presents: Melancholia Extension – a story to be told through the strategy of performance and video art
By using her body Jeanette Mansson Rodell is expressing the unselected anger she feels against being diminished as a woman. In a series of exposed self portraits photographed over a long time she plays with the ideals of beauty: can appearance reveal inner sorrow?
It’s about being sick of one self, a desire to escape, being angry and disappointed, and ending up in self-hate. By playing different roles she tries to find herself: from where comes the anger?
But above it all she wants to say something: she had enough.
“This is how the story can be told. Through art. Through paint. By using my body, my identity. By canalizing my history, our history, and all the anger. Because it doesn’t stop.”
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” - Frida Kahlo
CO-EXHIBITION: MY ENVIRONMENT - The Old and The new
The exhibition is a part of a three step creative project about changing, re-building and finding inspiration in your old and current environment, shown at the 8th floor of Greenhouse.
The Icelandic based artist Sigrün Erna in Berlin on a art residency is collaborating with the Berlin based photographer Ingimar Flóvent with the goal to outsource where inspiration comes from, and how much part your environmental experiences takes in it. The exhibition includes work from the Icelandic well known photographer Marino Flóvent and pieces from a workshop on the theme that took place here in Berlin.
Sigrün Erna Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic artist living in Reykjavík. She is a visual artist working with drawing, painting, textile and photography. http://www.sigrunesig.is/
“It’s about researching the artist’s environment in two parts. First to reflect on things they know from their environment, country, people and nature, and using it collectively as inspiration.”
Photo by Marino Flóvent
Poster by Ingimar Flóvent
DJ & EVENT CURATOR: White Lie
The White Lie story, 100% true:
White Lie (aka Whitest Hiphop DJ Alive) is a Swedish hiphop DJ based in Berlin, Germany. It all started out in an rage from always seeing the same thing at Berlins clubs: a guy in a cap, staring down at mixer table, playing electronic music.
“Later on I realized that I just didn’t found type of venues, or the good DJ's wearing a cap, but the damage was already done – fortunately! Without ever seeing a mixer table before I got my first gig, I got a 15 minutes lesson where someone pointed at play, pause and master volume, and I was ready to go. It sounded horrible, but people danced. A lot.
So I kept doing it. Kept doing it to encourage more women to take up the space. Kept doing it so I could play my type of hiphop that’s not only Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z. And after a while I realized that I love it - and that I’m good at it.”
White Lie has two styles. The “loungy one” for bars, mixed up with soul/funk/disco. And the “trippy one” for clubs: a lot of female rap songs mixed up with house, trap, trip hop and disco.
White Lie is ¼ of the crew Unbreakable Beats that’s throwing hiphop events every third week, and one of the artist collaborators in Golden Mint Productions.
Venues she’ve played at in Berlin since December 2014-to this day: Normal Bar, Loophole, SchwuZ, Panke, Chesters, Cosmic Kaspar and 2-3 times a month at Mein Haus am See and An einem Sonntag im August.