Out of Season

Shirin Sabahi


25. Jun - 06. Aug 2023 Opening 24. Jun 18:00 Free Admission 24. Jun 19:00 Music performance by Caleb Salgado 20. Jul 19:00 Garden Play. Performative Reading by Bela Shayevich & Kristijonas Bartkus 06. Aug 15:00–18:00 Music performance by Lupercia

Studio Sketch

Shirin Sabahi, Sketch, 2023. Courtesy the artist

In Out of Season, Shirin Sabahi presents a series of site-specific interventions and sculptures that relate to the motif of a garden. The garden is taken on as a place of contradiction – as a borderland between between rationality and speculation, between utopia and dystopia. Gardens have always been characterized by control and order, but at the same time have always been characterized by deviation and wayward forces. Sabahi’s garden evokes a time out of joint, in which plants and species live on only as effigies, and in that the supposed place of refuge is countered by its transience, artificiality, and commodification.


Shirin Sabahi works with and around moving images. Her practice casts objects and places as protagonists, tracing their contextualization and interpretation through time. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Kunstverein Hamburg (2023); Malmö Konsthall (2023); Bergen Assembly (2022); CCA Berlin (2022); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2021); Stavanger Kunstmuseum (2021); Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2021); KW Berlin (2021); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2020); Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2020); Bétonsalon, Paris (2020); Art Jameel Center, Dubai (2019); Centro Botín, Santander (2019); Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg (2018); Beirut Art Center (2018); and Charim Galerie, Vienna (2017). Shirin Sabahi lives and works in Berlin.


Caleb Salgado is an electronic music composer, double bassist, and artist based in Berlin. They trained in classical and jazz musics as a double bassist, as well as in electroacoustic composition. In recent years, Salgado’s focus has shifted away from purely acoustic idioms to regularly releasing and performing solo electroacoustic music compositions under the moniker Perfect Deleted Futures. Caleb’s earlier work includes an electro-acoustic suite of double bass zones situated at the liminal space psychoacoustic textural space between composed and improvised composition. More recent works shift through moments of musique concrète, cybernetic compositions, post-techno textures, neo-medievalism, and the starkness of industrial and minimal musics. Notable collaborations include Anika, Black Cracker, Helmut Lachenmann, Laure M. Hiendl, Elaine Michener, Pierre Boulez, U.C.C Harlo (Annie Garlid), Roscoe Mitchell, Bryce Dessner, and others.

Where are they? After many years of wandering the earth together, a woman and a man arrive in a remote cabin, where contentment overtakes them like the rank vines and shrubs overtaking the garden outside. No longer feeling burdened by their usual fights and recriminations, they enjoy the pleasures of the air, the water, the local food, and of each other. When their bicycle disappears, when the nearest store closes down, when their memories of the past seem to fail them, they take it in stride, enjoying instead the bounties of fruit that have started to sprout throughout the landscape. What’s the point of being happy, after all, if they can’t take everything in stride? It’s only when, having lost their bearings completely, they stumble upon a snakeskin tucked into a tree that they begin to realize where they might be. Is it a gift? Is it a sign of forgiveness? And most importantly, just how far are they willing to push their luck?

Bela Shayevich is a Soviet-American writer, translator, and visual artist. Her books include translations of Vsevolod Nekrasov’s I Live I See (Ugly Duckling Presse), Svetlana Alexievich’s Secondhand Time, Evgeny Zamyatin’s We, and the forthcoming I Love Russia by Elena Kostyuchenko. Her writing has appeared in n+1, Jewish Currents, and Harper’s.

Kristijonas Bartkus is a Lithuanian-American writer. A former Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and economics student at Harvard University, he has been published in magazines such as The Dial, The Millions, 3:AM Magazine, and Full Stop. In his spare time, he runs the Postcards from Home newsletter.

For the closing weekend of Shirin Sabahi’s exhibition and in the spirit of a garden party, Lupercia will offer a graceful adieu to Out of Season, with a selection of sounds tailored to embrace the waning days of summer.

Lupercia is a dj and researcher specialising in the sounds of the unremembered and under-recognised. Originally from Mexico and now rooted in Berlin, she advocates for a transformative shift in the music world. She hosts research-based show Fabulous Moolah on Refuge Worldwide, dedicated to promoting feminist musical perspectives. On TESTFM she hosts Rabble Rousin, venturing beyond ordinary and conventional productions and seeking to challenge norms.

Thanks to
Andrea Canepa, Salwa Aleryani, Marcel Heise, Haleh Redjaian, Jan Parth, Pitt Wenninger, Max Weise, Sebastian Ducros, Pierre Descamps, Niclas Riepshoff, Littleton Odom, Eva Hinkers, Mikal Ahmed, Christopher Hoevels, Brian Twohig, Maya Shenfeld, Boaz Levin, Caleb Salgado, Charlotte Buchner

With support by
Berlin Glassworks
Arup Deutschland

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