The first exhibition in Berlin about Beards is taking place in the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition started in December 2015 and will end on the 3rd of July 2016. Objects that are related to shaving and beards from all the different museums of Berlin are gathered.
I am very proud to have contributed an installation to this exhibition that I did build and design myself. It is a rebuild of the show booth, or hut, that I was travelling with, around europe to festivals during the past 5 years, mainly to festivals in Italy and also to france, denmark, sweden and germany. the purpose was to inform and show photos of bearded women from the past and from today to let people know, that this phenomenon really exists and that it is quite common for women to have facial hair.
In doing this it happened that I also used my skills to give psychic readings and palmreadings in the hut and so it was a mix of informing people and talking with them about their lives and their interests and issues about body and facial hair.
For many it was a challenge and scary to confront themselves with a bearded woman.I did enjoy the intense and intimate contact that I had with people. Some came back to let me know that I did support them and help them on their path in life, which made me very happy and grateful too.
Interesting was that for many it appeared on first sight, that I was just another show on a festival and interpreting that like in other shows all was just a show and fake: my beard or my breasts or both, the beards in the photos should be photoshoped and what I would tell them by doing readings would be made up too. And then finally when really confronting themselves and being open, they did find out that all was real and not made up at all! Shocking and surprising and opening up doors for many too.
The rebuild version for the museum is a bit smaller, as the ceilings are quite low and it has no roof, but the pictures are improved, I really tried to make them look like old photos and it took me more then two months to do research and build and paint and make the photos to be ready to hang them.
The installation is like a second exhibiton in the exhibition of mainly mens beards, showing more than 50 pictures of women with beards. Some women with beards, mainly from the US, did contribute to the exhibition in writing a one pager about themselves. On a table inside the installation you can sit down and read what they wrote – or watch a short 8 minute interview with me in german.
So far the interview is only available in german with no subtitles, as there was not the capacity and time for the team that did curate the exhibition to do so, as there was quite a lot to organise. Some of the text in the booklet on the table is in english and I am working to translate the rest as well, so to have both languages for people visiting from other countries that do not speak german.
For those who cannot make it to Berlin there are some videos about the exhibiton – just in german language – so far..- but well, you get some visual impressions. Enjoy!
In the second video you see my installation in the beginning of the video….
The following link is from ZDF german TV Chanel:
And this one from ARD another german TV Chanel:
This following video is without words just shoing pieces from the exhibtion: