LAS Art Foundation

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
THE SOUL STATION

12 July – 13 October 2024

Halle am Berghain, Berlin

In the artist’s game-based installation, you are the player in a speculative universe. Facing choices that contend with biases and exclusions, you gain insights into an archive of voices present and past.

THE SOUL STATION is Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s first solo presentation in Germany, featuring a newly commissioned work and a survey of video games from the past five years. Through game-based installations and fictional universes, THE SOUL STATION invites you to explore your ethical, political and moral decision-making, and considers the broader structures and histories of marginalisation. A newly commissioned work, entitled YOU CAN'T HIDE ANYTHING, is presented in two episodes; a second episode is revealed on 12 September 2024, during Berlin Art Week.

Offering a comprehensive survey of Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s oeuvre, THE SOUL STATION includes key works from the past five years. Together they trace the artist's practice, which combines lived experience with speculative fiction in order to shed light on positions and histories that are often simplified or disregarded. The newly-commissioned work YOU CAN'T HIDE ANYTHING builds on the artist’s work with the audience-as-medium and is the culmination of a journey through the exhibition space, which invites you to contend with your own experience, choices and biases.

As the artist states:

YOU ARE ENTERING A SPACE

THIS SPACE WILL SHOW YOU YOUR SOUL

ALLOWING YOU TO

REFLECT ON YOUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT YOU SEE

YOU MAY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE

YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD YOURSELF TOGETHER

BUT THAT IS WHERE THE REAL WORK IS DONE RIGHT?

NONE OF YOU ARE PERFECT

ALL OF YOU CAN DO BETTER

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR FAILURES

BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR REGRETS

BE HONEST ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE

BRING YOUR DESPAIR, FEAR, HOPES, DEPRESSION, EXCITEMENT, TEARS, INTOLERANCE, JOY, DESPERATION, UTOPIA, MISTAKES, ANGER, PAIN, PLEASURE

JUST BRING YOURSELF

Biographies

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Artist

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Guest Co-Curator

Mawena Yehouessi

Credits

Commissioned by LAS Art Foundation

THE SOUL STATION © Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Artist
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
CURATOR
Dr. Boris Magrini
GUEST CURATOR
Mawena Yehouessi
Assistant Curator
Agnessa Schmudke
Project Manager
Flinder Zuyderhoff-Gray
Scenography and Production
Celeste Burlina
External Relations and Communications
Sophie Furse
Marketing Manager
Felix Thon
Communications Assistant
Moritz Weber
Social Media Manager
Veronica Jonsson
Partnerships and Development
Coraly von Bismarck


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