They Eat Their Young | Photo: Doreen Reichenbach © RBH

They Eat Their Young

Exhibition by the residence artist Serkan Sarier
03. – 20.09.2020

In his first solo exhibition in Germany, Serkan Sarier presents several large-scale paintings and an installation, a dystopian landscape that includes several figures in isolation.

Completed over the course of a nine-week residency program hosted by the Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, the exhibition draws its inspiration from “The little Mermaid”, a story written in 1836 by Hans Christian Andersen after he was rejected by the man he loved, and the artist’s own memories of rejection, feelings of Otherness, and moment of transformation.

As a member of a Turkish migrant family (Gastarbeiter Familie) and a German citizen, Sarier often explores the subaltern in his work; in the case of They Eat Their Young, the artist represents the subaltern through mythical bodies that are not only trapped and isolated, but that are also removed, both socially and geographically, from each other and the observer.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge as part of the Stiftung Reinbeckhallen Residency Program. On September 5th the artist will be present during the exhibition’s opening hours.

Serkan Sarier was born in Hanau, Germany in 1979, and currently lives and works in New York City, USA. He received a Bachelor’s degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths, University London in 2018. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows around the world, including in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, and has an upcoming solo exhibition in New York City in the fall of 2020. His work belongs in several private collections.