We are Clara, Gwen and Jenni, three baristas who work / used to work in betahaus | café. Besides the great vibes we shared while making coffee, we discovered that we all are connected to the creative field in one or the other way. Gwen is a scenic photographer, Jenni’s expertise is graphic design and Clara studied Arts & Culture Management at some point in her life.
Clara - I am working for a social association that is called kein Abseits! e.V. and aims at providing schoolchildren with new role models. I came to Berlin five years ago and I am not going to leave anytime soon.
Gwen - I´m a scenographer and I currently work on a staged photography project “Next stop:Berlin”. Several reasons have drawn me to Berlin, the artistic scene is one of them. The city is poor but people create art anyway or exactly because of that. In the Netherlands, where I'm from, artists first want to have money before they make something.
Jenni - I am working as a freelancer in the field of design with a focus on photography, web and graphicdesign.
We started talking about organizing the exhibition standing behind the bar. We got inspired by the space, and felt like doing something with the space connected to our creative interests and skills. Additionally we would like to give other artists, that also work in a bar, an opportunity to present themselves.
Clara - Besides my job and my interest in art my most favorite two ways to spend free time is climbing and going to Berlin’s cosy ‘Programmkino’ cinemas.
Gwen - I like to visit exhibitions and love to enjoy the cultural life of Berlin as such - theatres and concerts. Berlin is the perfect city for both sitting in a bar and drink some wine and doing cycling tours.
Jenni - This morning I woke up with one thought - I want to go sailing again! Since last year I’m totally in love with this sport that fascinates and scares me at the same time. Besides I am interested in art, design, travelling and spending time with friends.
That is not easy to answer. We think that art and the taste in art is a very subjective thing. It also varies among our group members. We all agree that it has to be something that comes unexpectedly, that surprises you, that leaves you with questions or sheds a new light on things that seemed banal in beforehand.
You can meet these awesome art creatures at the Vernissage of Bartenders Berlin on 5th of April!
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