Thursday, April 20, 2017



THE SHOCK DOCTRINE




WORK IN PROGRESS
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

EXHIBITION

 WILD WILD BERLIN
3 PHOTOGRAPHERS, 3 DECADES, 3 VIEWS
  EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY BERLIN 2016

www.emop-berlin.de



Eva Otaño Ugarte documented Berlin's 90s
in a conceptual manner that gives you a
specific impression of that time's atmosphere:
the clashing of two worlds, two former political
systems and cultures enhanced the development 
of new spaces for experiments in art, commu-
nication, and subculture. A new, bigger freedom
far from former restrictions led to new ideas and
 innovations  Otaño Ugarte got fascinated by.




Boy coming down from acid trip, East Berlin, 1992


Stasi Man, West Berlin 1991


Girls at the Toilette. Beastieboy concert, West Berlin 1992


Shadow. Roter Salon, East Berlin, 1994







U2, West Berlin, 1991


Reading in the bathtub, East Berlin, 1994

Theater party at Kule Squatt, East Berlin, 1992


Smile, East Berlin, 1994















MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
 COMING SOON !!!!



 PRESS REVIEWS 
WILD WILD BERLIN EXHIBITION


Progressing into the 1990s with Spanish-born Eva Otaño Ugarte,
this specific era concentrates on the city’s underground 
community, a group that the artist first encountered 
upon her arrival in Mitte. Ugarte’s work, which focuses 
on the Berlin Wall’s demise, is an exploration of the
 historic event and its resulting impact on squatter 
circles. During a period where Western gentrification 
was creeping in, the imagery is a fascinating look into 
Berlin’s not-so-distant past, and its radically 
different aesthetic.


WILD WILD BERLIN
Museums Journal (November 2016)
(by Stephan Kruhl)


SUBJEKTIVER BLICK DURCH DIE LINSE
taz.de (November 2016) 
(by Jana Janika Bach)


KÜNSTLER, HAUSBESETZER UND HEDONISTEN
taz.de (November 2016) 
 (by Detlef Kuhlbrodt)

www.taz.de/Archiv-Suche/15340975/ 

English traslation 
tinyrl.com/wwbtaz) 


 SLEEK-MAG.COM (November 2016)

http://www.sleek-mag.com/2016/10/14/miron-zownir-eva-otano-ugarte-sebastian-mayer/
(by Clare Davies)

MONAT DER FOTOGRAFIE
MEDITATION IN METROBUS

Tagesspiegel (November 2016)
(by Caroline Haentjes)

www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/monat-der-fotografie-meditation-im-metrobus/14678622.html#

Berlin in Schwarz-Weiß: Bei den Ausstellungen im 
Rahmen des Monats der Fotografie präsentiert sich 
die Stadt in vielen Schattierungen: kühl, 
träumerisch oder subversiv.

Platz für alles Subversive! Berlins so berühmtes 

Nachtleben mit seiner Dehnbarkeit in taghelle Stunden
bekam Anfang der 90er einen neuen Dreh:
Kreative Anarchie flutete die Stadt, Häuser wurden
besetzt, Techno-Partys erfunden. Die Ausstellung
"Wild Wild Berlin" im Schöneberger Projektraum
"Zwitschermaschine" führt durch drei Dekaden
der Berliner Feier-Szene: Miron Zownir, schwarz-
weiße Achtziger-Punk-Insel. Weicht einem
grenzenlosen Experimentierfeld für Kunst, Theater
und normgelockertes Leben in Eva Otaño Ugartes 
Bildern aus den 90er Jahren.





SOME WORD BY THE PHOTOGRAPH
EVA OTAÑO UGARTE


1991 was the year I move to the central East Berlin district of Mitte 
and started taking photographs. I remember my feelings those 
days were a mix of fear (nazi attacks) excitement and suspense 
(communism might return after all). For a while it
was like being in a linmbo.
 
The wall came down, the communist system was gone 

(overthrown, in tatters), and for the population of Berlin, 
Europe, and the entire world a new era has to come
 The streets of East Berlin were empty, and thousends of
buildings, ruins and flats, were vacant, waiting to be occupied by 
the new settlers, for the most part young people from East and 
West Germany, but also from North America, Australia, and
the countries both in the European East and West.

Artist, students, squatters, hippies, and drifters were 

the first colonists in this mysterious historic raw district. 
In Berlin Mitte there was hedonism and hardship 
in equal measure. It was a place where different arts 
and music flowered at the expense of hot water, 
telephones and decent food.

It was the anarchic romance of a city which was able 

to create is own identity, yet now is a disfiguring circus 
of party tourism. Everything was yet to be done!! It was a 
time for experimental lifestyles and defiant visions of social freedom. 
Life then was not  about artistic careers. This chaotic, 
fascinating world was setting up a vast vision 
of anarchist Dada dissent, and it could be
found at the art squats, where the germ of

 it all was being conceived.

The first seed was planted when a group of East Berlin a

rtists occupied a huge ruin (9,000 square meters) a former department 
store at Oranienburger Straße in 1990. They named it 
Kunsthaus Tacheles (Yiddish for straight talk), 
now closed and swallowed  by unrelenting capitalism.

Tacheles was a meeting place for local and foreign artists 

and subversives. It was a place where first contacts were
 made between people from the East and the West at the legendary 
Café Zapata and at the club Ständige Vertretung down in 
some cavernous  cellar, where the first techno house 
bits were played by Dr Motte,Yuri, Bym, Mitch, Coren,
 El Beebad and much more…..

Rapidly the "jungen Rebellen" (young rebels) spirit spread 

out like a big shadow in the surrounding streets of former 
East  Berlin. This was a magical no man's land of creativity 
and freedom. This was  an experiment in the power of imagination.
This was Berlin Mitte Underground.







Sunday, May 31, 2015



BLINDED BY THE SUN

 Experiment. Analog photography

 I didn´t want to create some convencional 
work but an experiment, one which I think 
is justified by sheer necessity.















Blinded by the Sun alludes to the spiritual 
blindness certain people project in the
 act of making pictures of anonymous 
subjects (individuals), particulary women, 
on the beaches of India these days.
 This is an act of human digitalization. 
The intimidation (bikini-clad women) is
 globalized by cyberspace, and out of
 control. It is a distortion of one`s very
own person.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015




TOKIO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR


Some photographs contained in my photo book 
BERLIN MITTE UNDERGROUND, 1991- 1994, which I realized and published in 2013 will be exhibited at
 TOKIO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
22- 23 May, 2015


The photographs, and the book, depict a central 
district in former East Berlin seemingly suspended 
in mid-air, and capture that utterly unique 
period between the fall of the Wall and full Western gentrification.






"Trabi", East Berlin, 1992





To see photographs go to Projects 2010, 2014 
To check Biography go to Projects 2014




Friday, October 17, 2014




INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY 
VOL. 2 PHOTOBOOK
by
World Wide Art Books
( California, 2013 )

Photographs of my project Night in a Favela
 have been published.












The images ilustrated here are unplanned photographs
documenting a Saturday night at the favela
Tavares Bastos in Rio de Janeiro.
Using a small analog camera without photoflash,
Eva Otaño Ugarte captured not only the spirit
of the favelas diverse inhabitants free
from sensationalism or romanticism,
but also many decisive and unique moments
in a way beyond what concepts of photojournalism
would imply. 


TO SEE PHTOGRAPHS GO TO
PROJECTS 2012 








Wednesday, April 9, 2014




WELCOME TO L.A.


Welcome to L.A. represents another 
metaphor of urban landscape in the 
city of Los Angeles,targeting the 
homeless individuals as protagonist
to define our social reality today.













In recent years the homeless population 
has increased dramatically.
 It is estimated that around 58.000 individuals
are without shelter, are homeless,
and live in cars or openly in the streets 
of Los Angeles County, according to 
the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report.
  Homeless individuals report, too, 
a lack of affordable housing
as the number one reason for 
becoming homeless, and the impossibility 
in the United States to live with
minimal wages; those vulnerable 
people end up in the street.
  The homeless and vagrants of L.A. are being 
arrested and driven out by the police, as 
low-income and even destitute areas 
become fashionable and gentrification is 
booming in districts like, for example, 
Downtown L.A. As a result of having 
no place to go, homeless people are on the 
move in every district and state,
especially in beach areas like Santa Monica 
or Venice beach where these photographs
were taken.
  Also, substance abuse and alcoholism 
is quite significant within the homeless 
population, as well as mental and 
physical illnesses. Health issues have to 
be addressed, but reality is far from it, 
seeing as how the authorities face this problem.
  Yet the latest wave of street inhabitants 
is made up of those who find they have 
nowhere to go after loosing their jobs 
and homes as a result of the 2008 financial 
crisis and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
Suffering in particular are middle class people 
(families, students, workers, kids, war veterans…) 
who lost everything when the construction 
industry and financial system collapsed.
Now the issue has become a national 
problem comparable to the 1930s American 
Great Depression, and the need is for 
emergency help,since for many 
the American Dream has turned 
delirious and diminished to a lethal poison.







The photographs are mostly analog, taken with a 
Rollei 35mm; because that camera finally broke,
some photographs were taken with a digital
Canon Power Shot.













BIOGRAPHY AND EXHIBITIONS


Upcoming exhibitions

Gallery Artifact, New York, 2018
 

Past exhibitions and projects

Gallery Zwitchermaschine, Wild, Wild, Berlin
Under the "European month of Photographie Berlin 2016", Germany
September 31, 2016 (Photography, group)
Gallery Ekain Artelanak, Trabi, Donostia- San Sebastian, Spain, 
August 27, 2015 (Photography, collective)
www.ekainartelanak.com
Gallery Ekain Artelanak, Tracbi
Tokio Art Fair, Berlin Mitte Underground, 1991- 1994.
Tokio, 22- 23 May, 2015
Photobook Masters of Photography, Night in a Favela, under 
"International Masters of Photography Vol. 2" publication, 2014.
Photobook, Berlin Mitte Underground, 1991- 1994, Berlin, 2013
(Self Edition Photobook)
Berliner Liste Art Fair, Waiting for Lunch, Berlin, 2012
(Photography, solo)
Gallery PremartsNight in a Favela, Berlin, 2012
(Photography, solo)
www.premarts.de
Gallery Minimal, Berlin Mitte Underground, 1991- 1994, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011 
(Photography, solo)
www.minimalgallery.org
Gallery Ekain- Artelan, Big Saal, Donostia– San Sebastián, Spain, 2010 
(Photography, group)
www.ekainartelanak.com
Gallery Zeit Zone,under the European Month of Photography Berlin 2010 
Berlin Mitte Underground,1991- 1994, Berlin, 2010.
(Photography, solo)
www.galerie-zeitzone.de
Gallery C4, Berlin Fonds, Berlin, 2010 
(Photography, group)
Gallery C4, Neu Klassische Kunst, Berlin, 2009
(Photography, group)
www.cc4.de
Restcycling Art Festival, Tsunami, Berlin, 2004 
(Slide projections, installation)
Tacheles Theater, Mutantmorphosis,Berlin, 2003 
www.kunsthaus-tacheles.de 
 (Thater, Computer animation) 
Theaterhaus Mitte, Mutantmorphosis, Berlin, 2003 
(Theater, Computer animation)
www.thbm.de
EBI (Ebil Bock institute), Anonym, Berlin, 2001 
(Slide projections, installation) 
Gallery ZONE 9, Controling Nature, Los Angeles, 2000 
(Photography, group)


BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1964 in Donostia- San Sebastián, Basque Country, 
Spain,1964. She investigates the interface between documentation, 
art and concept. In the 1990s she photographed the underground 
scene of Berlin's Mitte (East) district.
Her works were shown in the U.S., Berlin, Austria, Spain, Thailand 
and Japan. She Lives and works in Berlin.

Studies

Visuals, (Centro de la Imagen), Barcelona, 1984
Journalism, (Universidad del Pais Vasco), Bilbao, 1989
Computer Graphics, UCLA, Los Angeles, 1999



Galleries where you can buy my work

 Ekain- Artelanak
Iñigo 2, San Sebastian, Spain
nfo@ekainartelanak.com

Gallery Zwitschermaschine
Potsdamer Str. 161, 10783 Berlin
kulturpark3000@t-online.de