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
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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)
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 wastheyear I move to the central East Berlin district of Mitte and started takingphotographs. 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 waslikebeingin a linmbo. The wall came down, the communist system was gone (overthrown, in tatters), and for the population of Berlin, Europe, and theentire world a new era has to come The streets of East Berlinwere empty, and thousends of buildings,ruinsandflats, 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.
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.
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.
Welcometo L.A. representsanother 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.
Gallery ZONE 9, Controling Nature, Los Angeles, 2000
Born in 1964 in Donostia- San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain,1964. She investigates the interface between documentation, art and concept. In the 1990sshe 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.
Visuals, (Centro de la Imagen), Barcelona, 1984
Journalism, (Universidad del Pais Vasco), Bilbao, 1989