art haus berlin

@ takt residency, Friedrichshain (
An artist residency. Bunch of complete strangers living together in Berlin making art.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

art: In Summer No One Dies @idrawalot

Down on Boddinstrasse is a gallery. Inside a bearded man is smiling. Across from him there is a mural of another bearded man eating an ice-cream. I don't have a beard. I'm a girl. But I still feel welcomed. Its summer time with furry people and Elvis Presley crooning in the background.

"In Summer No One Dies" is both humble and a bit weird. The drawings are light and very likeable. But a beach umbrella has impaled a fisherman and 2x swimmers like a kebab-sewer and continues to wreak havoc. In the gallery, bopping to the 1950s background music, you can't help but smile at this.

Accompanying Bárbara Fonseca's illustrations are short stories by her father Luis Germano. The stories share the same similar twisted charm. Perhaps it runs in the family. The exhibition is also translated into a zine. Printed on happy yellow paper. Best kept refrigerated after opening. A slice of summer baked on paper. I think I'll reopen this in the winter.

@ idrawalot (Boddinstrasse 60, 12053 Berlin)