Centrum is a contemporary art space in the Flughafenkiez district of Neukölln, Berlin. Formerly used as a retail store and brothel, Centrum’s exhibition space is not a white cube, but owes its specific character to its tiled floor composed of red ceramic and grey stone tiles, and from the large shop window looking out into the street. Centrum offers a platform for the discourses in and around contemporary art as well as the opportunity to meet artists through artist talks, lectures, and film screenings. We work with international and locally based artists, offering space and support for experimentation and for the development of new work. Centrum was founded in 2009 by Kate Squires and David Moynihan and since September 2014 is currently run by Mareike Spendel; since March 2015 supported by Natalie Weiland. In September 2016 the team was joined by Aurica Kastner.
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Mareike Spendel, Natalie Weiland, Aurica Kastne
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Das Kiez Monument is an art installation that includes a group of monuments dedicated to the Reuterstraße – the central one being made in collaboration with Centrum’s direct neighbourhood. The project aims to highlight the complexities of the Reuterstraße, its history, population and different languages. The neighbours get to decide about the content and execution of the monuments, tackling the underlying question: how do they want to be remembered in the future? Thus, the artist Patricia Sandonis with her project wants to give a voice to the people who usually don’t have a say when it comes to writing (their own) history. Moreover Das Kiez Monument is also intended as an “ecological” work of art which reflects on the materiality of our surroundings today, using the banal materials of our daily lives.