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Karma Clarke Davis, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Barbara Prokop
From October 2nd 2003 to October 3rd 2003
Art Forum Berlin : Exhilaration and Dysphoria

Curator : Annie Martin

A selection of videos by young Canadian artists currently living and working in Berlin. The artists share an engagement with the business of determining identities, false or “real,” and locate themselves at the convergence of high and low in new media culture.

For the eighth edition of the Berlin Art Forum, contemporary art centre OPTICA is hosting a program consisting of three curated exhibitions broaching experiences and images connected to specific cultural contexts. In a world where borders are fading away, local identities are gaining momentum. Each of the present exhibitions, held in the presence of the artists and curators, is testimony to that fact.

Karma Clarke-Davis was born in Trinidad and moved to Canada with her family at a young age. After attending Claude Watson School for the Arts, where she studied visual art, dance, drama and music, she completed a B.F.A. in studio art at Concordia University. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Canada, and in video festivals and biennials in Paris, London, Berlin and The Netherlands.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montreal-born media and visual artist based in Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada. His single-channel video works have been exhibited in festival and gallery settings across Canada, Europe and East Asia. His work has been awarded prizes at the WRO Media Art Biennale (Poland), the Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage and the Hamburg Short Film Festival.

Born in Austria, Barbara Prokop grew up in Vancouver and received her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, in 1998. She is now living and working in Berlin. Since 1997 her work has been presented in various group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Prokop's recent work upturns documentary expectations and places the audience on the spot for their complicity in stereotyping contemporary culture.

Annie Martin is an artist whose work traverses installation, sound, textiles, and video. She has engaged in several curatorial projects in Canada, and her writing on art has been published in Parachute, Women and Performance and Mix Magazine, and in numerous artist's monographs.