Once upon a Pink – Berlin’s Tribute to the World’s Most Polarizing Colour

Yes, the world is grim... Put on your rose-tinted glasses & discover this exciting Berlin-based art project focusing on the colour pink.

The colour pink usually leaves no one indifferent, whether it’s being rejected or embraced by feminists, assigned to the feminine gender or considered childish. Once Upon A Pink, a Berlin-based artistic project, is currently exploring its meaning(s) via a series of events and exhibitions.

We attended the project’s launch, took some cheerful snaps and caught up with its three curators to find out more about Once Upon A Pink’s genesis.

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

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Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

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Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

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Can you introduce yourselves?

We are Amanda H, a pink storyteller/writer, Lotti S, Bohemian-Swiss-German artist and writer, and Sophie L R, a photographer/experimental filmmaker from England.

How long have you been living in Berlin and what are your three favourite locations?

Between the three of us we have been living here for 6 years, back and forth between London and Berlin but more settling in Berlin now.

Amanda loves the Another Country Bookshop.

Sophie’s favourite location is the very old fashioned and deep swimming pool at Stadtbad Wilmersdorf.

Lotti’s favourite spot is Regenbogenlicht in Emser Strasse. It’s a tiny shop crammed with timeless junk run by a woman who believes that everything in it is extraordinarily spiritual (Opening times may vary).

They started fantasizing about a pink space in which everything would be ridiculously pink

How did you come up with the idea behind this event series?

Amanda was travelling with her poetry and she had been a pink person for a while. And then one day she met Sophie as she was reading her palm at some exhibition. And Sophie had this fantastic photograph of pink lava in the exhibition. And then much later they found themselves in a grey winter night in Berlin together with Lotti drinking lots of Rosé (in Holz-Kohlen which turns out is the bar where Zack, who runs Fotoklub Kollektiv, works at (we didn’t know him then, though)) and they started fantasizing about a pink space in which everything would be ridiculously pink and everyone would be wearing fluffy flamingo hats.

What would happen if they were to create a space in which everything and everyone was only there because of a colour?

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

Can you tell us more about how you made it all happen?

We were lucky because Zack and the people from Puderraum were so lovely & trusted us in having pink take over of their space. This kind of thing can only happen in Berlin, that you are just given SPACE, it is wonderful. Our call out for anything in/through/beyond pink really caught fire on our social media and we were suddenly overwhelmed with this fabulous pink mountain of proposals that we worked through in nocturnal email exchanges and hectic Facebook messages. We couldn’t have made it happen if we wouldn’t have received such amazing feedback and willingness of people to do something for the sake of PINK.

We wanted to create a non-elitist fun pink environment

How did you select the artworks?

We wanted to create a non-elitist fun pink environment – and turned very few people down. If it was pink enough, we wanted it in the show.

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

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Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

What does the colour pink mean to you?

Pink is delicious, sexy, political, dirty, superficial, soft. Pink gives you so much to play with. There are all these gendered connotations of the colour, and then there’s also just the colour. A lighter shade of red, something ephemeral that appears in strange spots in nature, like in new born baby animals like mice or moles, or in a sunrise, or in the internal body.

Puderpink helped to shed light on forms of pink we didn’t know existed. Although pink is just a colour it somehow cheekily showed us new forms of itself which we were previously unaware of. It continues to confuse and delight!

Pink is delicious, sexy, political, dirty, superficial, soft

Stuart Semple or Anish Kapoor?

Yawn. Silly men fighting over something that isn’t theirs anyway. There’s too much of that already.

What are some Berlin-based artists we should follow?

Maansi Jain and the SuperUltraExtra duo were some fantastic new discoveries for us. We would also recommend looking into Lamb Kebab, Dane Joe and Berglind Agustdottir.

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

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Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

Once Upon A Pink © Danilo Sierra

© Danilo Sierra/HEREYOUARE

What’s your favourite art gallery in Berlin?

Sophie likes the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

Lotti likes the Feuerle Collection in terms of space and the Schwules Museum in terms of content.

Amanda doesn’t like galleries, because they are rarely pink enough.

What is Berlin’s best kept secret?

Anything that we may have heard of is probably not a secret anymore. Berlin has a space/place/shop for anything you might want. Be specific and you will find it. Or be unspecific and let it find you.

But:

We have a lot of fun in the Sozialladen thrift store.
We like that there are halloumi sandwiches with spinach for two euros on Sonnenallee. And that Sauerkraut that gets better every time you reheat it, lol.

Next Event
Puderraum, Berlin

Appointments to visit the exhibition can be arranged by contacting F.K.Kollektiv

Find out below on the map the places referred to in the article.

Another Country Bookshop

Riemannstraße 7, 10961, Berlin, Allemagne

Stadtbad Wilmersdorf

Mecklenburgische Str. 80, 10713, Berlin, Allemagne

Regenbogenlicht

Emser Straße 41, Berlin, Allemagne

Holz-Kohlen

Weserstraße 28, 12045, Berlin, Allemagne

Puderraum

PUDERRAUM, Puderstraße, Berlin, Allemagne

Deutsches Technikmuseum

Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Trebbiner Straße, Berlin, Allemagne

Feuerle Collection

The Feuerle Collection, Hallesches Ufer, Berlin, Allemagne

Restaurant Sauerkraut

Restaurant Sauerkraut, Weinbergsweg, Berlin, Allemagne

Photos Danilo Sierra

Camille Darroux is a Paris-born, Berlin-based digital consultant, writer, and DJ. You're most likely to find her having pizza & wine or at the club.
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