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Benedict Yu – ENRAPTURED

September 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - September 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm CEST

Free

Opening: Tuesday, September 12th, 6 – 9 pm

Duration: September 13th – 16th, Tuesday – Saturday 2 – 7 pm

Location: SomoS – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin

Free entry

Coinciding with Berlin Art Week, multi-disciplinary artist Benedict Yu’s solo show Enraptured conflates the spiritual and the bodily, describing one in terms of the other, making use of virtual reality technology, video, digital print, painting, and installation.

About
Raised in Taiwan and educated in Singapore, Benedict Yu presents his artworks for the first time in Germany in his solo exhibition Enraptured. Inspired by the artist’s varied religious and cultural backgrounds and the liberal atmosphere of Berlin, Enraptured symbolizes a passionate artistic quest for self-discovery. His work employs religious motives from Christianity and Buddhism, used in ambiguous ways that seek the holy in the sensual and vice versa.

Central to the exhibition is the innovative use of virtual reality technology, where Yu invites viewers into an alternate cosmic realm. Within this space, visitors are surrounded by 27 figure drawings brought to life through VR, a testament to Yu’s dedicated work during his residency. The pieces in this series, titled Consummation, were painted blindly, merely by touch, with the last one representing a self-portrait created on the artist’s 27th birthday.

Enraptured also includes a dance video, an installation piece, over-painted digital prints, and the results of his live painting performance Peregrination. Benedict Yu’s work in the versatile yet conceptually coherent Enraptured show encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of embracing seemingly conflicting facets of the self, inviting viewers to reflect on their own journeys of self-discovery and growth.

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About Benedict Yu

Benedict Yu is a Taiwanese Singapore-based multi-disciplinary artist and cultural entrepreneur/manager who works in virtual reality, painting, and installation. Yu received his diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in 2017. In 2017, Benedict received a research award from the same institution, which allowed him to conduct research in Lhasa, Tibet. Yu’s projects have been presented in London, Kyoto, Tokyo, Barcelona, Rovereto, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Details

Start:
September 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CEST
End:
September 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm CEST
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Website:
https://somos.media/y6

Organizer

SomoS Arts
Email:
somos@somos-arts.org
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Venue

Berlin