Salon series, WON

Jun 17 – Dec 12, 2018
Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

World of Noon
independent series on Salons, June – Dec. 2018 in Berlin 

Curated by: Susanne Kriemann, Aleksander Komarov, Beatrijs Dikker 

World of Noon #1
With:  Tamuna Chabashvili, Christel Vesters, Karen Michelsen Castañón
Sunday 17th of June, 2pm- 5pm 
Location: Galerie Schiras, Keithstraße 10, Berlin-Schöneberg

Belonging, mobility, autonomy vs textile

We’d very much like to invite you to the first edition of our independent Salon- series World of Noon.

This first Salon deals with concepts of belonging, mobility and autonomy in relation to the use of textile and carpets in different contemporary art and research projects.

Four participants are invited to give a personal perspective on the way they deal with textiles in their specific practises and guide us though their explorations on different narratives and histories through textile, using traditional techniques and artefacts as well as metaphors to question contemporary issues.

Together with the audience and our host Hamid, an Iranian carpet dealer and collector who owns the gallery, we will try to locate our position in relation to textile, personal history, and our place in society. We will shift our perspective towards the present and try to unravel in what ways textiles contribute to our notion of home and protection and our feeling of cultural belonging amidst a culture of mass production of uncountable qualities and styles of textiles in our contemporary globalized society.

About the location:

The Salon will be held at Gallerie Schiras in Schöneberg, amidst an eclectic collection of antique carpets from all around the globe. Through the specific uses of materials, colours and patterns, each carpet carries individual traces of cultural meaning and traditional customs.


The Georgian-Dutch artist Tamuna Chabashvili‘s current works evolve around the topics of tradition, pattern and one’s own voice seen from the gender perspective. Mapping private stories, memories and questions into visual and tactile narratives her work is often inspired by the traditional artifacts and the working methods based on textile. Her work further explores the properties already inherent in textile as material such as: fragility, mobility and ability to contain or shelter.
Tamuna will talk about her projects The Book of Patterns (2016) and The Mantle (2018) which she is currently developing in Berlin.

Christel Vesters
is a Dutch curator, art critic and researcher based in Amsterdam. She currently works on two longer-term curatorial research projects: Touch/Trace: Researching histories through textiles, which unravels the intricate connections between textile, history, and society from a contemporary art perspective. Vesters also initiated “Unfinished Systems of Non—Knowledge.” A long-term research project that started in 2014. The project finds its starting point in the premise that art produces its own form of knowledge; a mode of thinking and knowing that in part bypasses the intellect and passes through the experiential, the associative, the speculative and the imaginary. Vesters regularly contributes essays and reviews to various international art publications.

Karen Michelsen Castañón  is a Peruvian-Canadian artist, filmmaker and educator. She lives and works in Berlin as of 2002. Her work focuses on the ways (colonial) histories are written. Her films, installations and photos are also informed by the language of
textiles, in particular textiles from the Peruvian Andes. She has
studied Textile Arts in Vancouver, as well as Fine Arts in Montreal
and Hamburg. She is a member of the associations COMPA Berlin and colectivo quellcay, which look for ways of incorporating the body and decolonial approaches in educational contexts.
Karen will share aspects of her current research processes.

More about World of Noon

This year, ABA is organizing an independent series of Salons with the Title World of Noon.

The title refers to the fictional future-perspective of a series of science fiction novels written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. In the novels, the victory of communism and the progress of technology on the earth of the Noon-universe led to an overflow of resources and an abolition of most types of manual labor. The most important governing body of the Noon-universe is the World Council, which is composed of the most intelligent scientists, historians, doctors, and teachers.

The Salon Series aims to strengthen professional international networking and connect the independent scene with art discourse through close cooperation with Berlin-based artists, curators, scientists, and theorists. In addition, the often-intimate salons will be made accessible to a wider public. The new salon series is also intended to reach target groups that do not necessarily belong to the core audience of the fine arts.

The orientation of the salons is redefined each time by different approaches, different collaborations, and changing locations. It is precisely the flexibility and experimental character of the format that allows the diversity of cultural production in Berlin to be experienced and promoted in a different way.

Our first participant is the Georgian-Dutch artist Tamuna Chabashvili. Her current work revolves around the topics of tradition, pattern, and voicelessness seen from the perspective of gender. Mapping private stories, memories and questions into visual and tactile narratives, her work is often inspired by traditional artifacts and the methods of textile production. Her work further explores the properties already inherent in textiles as material, such as: fragility, mobility, and the ability to contain or shelter.
Tamuna will talk about her project The Mantle (2018), which she developed in Berlin over the past few months.
(other participants …)