Picture Exhibition “DURING” at Welcome reception by Mathias Vef

Picture Exhibition at Welcome reception by MathiasVef

Mathias Vef

October 2018 – 15. December 2018
Opening: 18. October 2018, 20h

Axel Hotel Berlin
Lietzenburger Str. 13/15
10789 Berlin


Axel Hotel Berlin is very happy to present the new exhibition “During” of Berlin based artist Mathias Vef. The opening on October 18th is part of the Welcome reception of Hustlaball 2018.

The exhibition refers to the diversity of people that are working with their bodies and on their bodies – and that come together in Berlin to an event like HustlaBall.

Mathias Vef shows portraits and performing bodies within the blurring scope of working out and making out – distilled from the inebriety of sex, sport or substances.

Mathias Vef is fascinated by bodies and identity and drawn to exceptional bodies that are often an expression of an extraordinary identity. The most exciting to him are people who see their bodies as something which one can mold and create – like hackers who hack their own body, their own form.

As an artist Vef uses this material which the models provide, and hacks it either through collages or with the chemical GHB, which is used as a dissolvent but also as a popular drug.  As a drug it hacks a personality, dissolves it, in particular inhibitions, movements change, self-perception becomes fragmentary.  As a drug GHB is very dangerous, an overdose can lead to death: a bit too much – and it is over. This is the same when used in painting, the pigments get erased, and if too much is used, you cannot conjure them back magically. Its destructive force becomes very apparent

Mathias Vef lives and works in Berlin after having studied at the Royal College of Art in London.