Indrani Ashe


MY GODDESS GAVE BIRTH TO A GODDESS: I am fighting two wars.


17 MAY - 31 MAY 2018


“MY GODDESS GAVE BIRTH TO A GODDESS" is part of the long-term curatorial project 'Dragonfly' by SOMA Art Space Berlin and is generously supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).


Curated with heart by Nabi Nara




Indrani Ashe


I am fighting two wars.


Women of color are fighting a war of representation that reaches into the past and projects itself into the future. A war over who is visible and who authors what is seen. Women like Matahari took our clothing, our jewelry, and our cultural products, selling them as their own until we became alienated by our own image. Now the world is populated by our absence, and the twisted versions created by these wannabes. Our bodies are being bought and sold all the time, but we still don’t make any money. Like vampires we suffer from being unable to see ourselves in the mirror.

I created Sadette Delacroix to fight the war for me. My inner goddess gave birth to a psychedelic time traveling goddess who seeks to infiltrate the system; to create, distribute, and profit. A brown girl imitating a white girl, imitating a brown girl. I can’t culturally appropriate myself, I’m TAKING IT BACK. Because I listened to my auntie when she told me we didn’t wear blouses under our saris before the British infected us with repression and made the temple dancers into prostitutes. That body is mine, to make, recreate, and multiply.

Artists are fighting a war, with people who want art to exist purely as an elite commodity, alienated both from meaning and a public. They want it to be a dead object, a token of speculation. People need beauty for meaning making, not just industrial consumption. And when we have unearthed all the sexism and bigotry from the world’s religions, will we have anything left…Will we still have space to be spiritual, worship beauty, and connect to each other? Could art be that space? So come to the goddess, buy her icons, perform her rituals. Live in beauty; be connected, blessed



Indrani Ashe is an American visual artist working with performance and installation whose practice has spanned 10 years and 3 continents. A graduate of the prestigious Goldsmiths, University of London MFA program , She also spent years in self-directed study ‘decolonizing’ her aesthetic in Indonesia, presenting several solo exhibitions and collaborative works there. Her practice examines intimacy, identity, and community; often fingering the interstices between digital and physical realms of existence. Having been based in Berlin since 2015, she exhibited 3 new bodies of work in the German capital last year. This is her first solo exhibition in Europe.





19:00 - 17.03.2018 SAT | Liegnitzer str. 35 10999 Berlin


The goddess will be accepting visitations on the opening night as well as during the run of the show. She will be performing an intimate ritual for the realigning of hearts and minds.



4-8pm on weekdays | 2-6 on weekends except for the day after the opening.

You can make a personal appointment at this link and bring up to two guests.

Please bring an offering (fruit, flowers, or whatever you deem appropriate) on your arrival to the appointment.


Free entrance



11 - 20 MAY 2018

Kunstquatier Bethanien | Mariannenplatz


'Non-Sense Music ; Borders'



This project explores the politics of space through the micro-history of

six Korean artists. Nahoon Park, Soyoung Chung, Hayoon Kwon, Ryu

Biho , Helena Parada Kim and KIM Hwang transform the circumstances

and conditions of specific time and space into songs as an aesthetic

device: non-sense music. These works nurture the very habits of mind —

empathy, irony and acceptance of the shared humanity— that push back

against the politics of fear and resentment of space.

The project is supported by Korean Arts Management Service and

Koreanisches Kulturzentrum Berlin.


Curator : Juwon Kim

Programm Partner : SOMA ART SPACE BERLIN | Director : Nabi Nara


The exhibition will take place in Bethanien / Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg.

'Emphasis and Omission-

Perceptions on Reality'

Yemeni Artists | Berlin Art Week | Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Sep.- Oct. 2018



Emphasis and Omission: Perspectives on Reality is made possible with the generous support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The foundation’s activities in Yemen began in 1997, working in close contacts with NGOs, academic research institutions, and governmental institutions on different topics regarding the democratization process in Yemen, national dialogue, human rights, social justice, international dialogue and other fields.


Tentative Artists: Boushra al-Mutawakel, Ibi Ibrahim, Yumna Al-Arashi,

Sara Abdu, Amr Atamimi, Habeeb Mohammed Abu-Futtaim, Eman al-

Awami and Thiyazen Alalawi


Curator : Lila Nazemian


Friedrich Ebert Foundation

SOMA Art Space Berlin

diwan al fan / ديوان الفن

'Intimacies and Imagined Fictions'

video & performance practices


Symposium, Talks, Conference, Exhibition


GAX is an international scholarly exchange that brings together curators, scholars, and artists on multi-year collaborations. GAX 2018 will take place in London from June 13-19 and conclude in Berlin from June 19-24, 2018.

The exhibition will take place in June 2018 and is titled “Intimacies and Imagined Fictions” featuring Asian diasporic video and performance practices.



NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange





Co-Curators : Alexandra Chang, Nabi Nara, and Francesca Tarocco

' Dragonfly'


7 Artists' Serial Solo Exhibition Program |

Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin.

01. March - 30. June 2018Kultur und Europa Berlin.


' Dragonfly' is the long-term curatorial project and is generously supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin.


Artist : Kai Oshima, Indrani Ashe, Hye Young Kim,

Christine Cheung, Hane Utamura, Hye Ja Kim, Nina Hong


Curator : Nabi Nara








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