Arndt Art Agency Presents Filipino Artist’s First Solo Exhibit in Europe

Filipino artist Yeo Kaa with one of her paintings “Dry and Confused 2”, acrylic on canvas, 152 × 122 cm. (Hannes Wiedemann/Arndt Art Agency photos)

BERLIN 24 September 2018 – Filipino visual artist Yeo Kaa opened her first European solo exhibition “Anxious Lustless Pechay” with a reception organized by the Arndt Art Agency (A3) and the Philippine Embassy in Berlin on 14 September 2018.Created as part of A3’s summer residency, the exhibit is also included in the Charlottenwalk program, wherein dozens of galleries in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district are opening their doors to the public.

The show continues Ms. Kaa’s explorations of the “monsters that torment the human psyche and plays on disruptions to bodily craving for pleasure.” The works delve on the effects of stress and anxiety on the female sexual drive through metaphors and references to the body.

Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Lillibeth V. Pono commended the artist for bravely tackling issues on mental health, anxiety and sexuality through art.

“Yeo Kaa is one of those who, through her art, bring to our consciousness, the sensitive things we are uncomfortable talking about in public. She has used her art to shed light on these realities as she explores the relationship between the human psyche and female sexuality,” Charge d’Affaires Pono said.

Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Lillibeth V. Pono (leftmost) with (from left) featured artist Yeo Kaa, Arndt Art Agency (A3) Founder Matthias Arndt and A3 Director Rachael Vance. (Hannes Wiedemann/Arndt Art Agency photo)

With over 100 guests in attendance, the event had successfully drawn the attention of the Filipino and expatriate communities, as well as local art enthusiasts. Yeo Kaa’s exhibit organized by A3 in Berlin, sustains the growing recognition for Filipino artists in Germany.

Ms. Kaa is a young Filipino artist whose themes and subjects in her work contrast sharply from the pop vibe evoked by her imagery.

A graduate of Advertising from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila, she has exhibited widely in the Philippines and has participated in international residencies, in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and Haukijarvi, Finland.

Guests from international communities as well as local art enthusiasts visit Yeo Kaa’s exhibit. (Hannes Wiedemann/Arndt Art Agency photos)

She is particularly interested in dark themes such as depression, suicide, and anxiety, among others, both drawn from personal experiences as well as general observations of human tendencies.

“Anxious Lustless Pechay”, curated by Ruel Caasi in collaboration with The Working Animals Art Projects, is open to the public at Arndt Art Agency (Fasanenstraße 28, 10719 Berlin) until 05 October 2018. For more information, visit www.arndtartagency.com.


For more information, visit www.berlinpe.dfa.gov.ph / www.philippine-embassy.de or https://www.facebook.com/PHinGermany.

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