16, 17 & 18 September
2021, 7–9 pm
Sophia Süßmilch & Valentin Wagner
CCCCCOMA Couples is a recurring series of exhibitions, each time presenting a collaborative artwork by two artists that are in a romantic relationship. For its first edition, artists Sophia Süßmilch and Valentin Wagner aka SPATZI SPEZIAL invite you to enter one of their most intimate spaces: Rudi, a van which they have transformed into a camper and which serves as their mobile love nest during travels. For this year’s Berlin Art Week, Rudi will open its doors to visitors and let them become part of an installational performance that takes the boundaries of intimacy and shame to a new level.
What it means to make art and to be a couple and thus always to make art, from morning to late evening, even sex becomes art, actually there is no longer any boundary between public and private, intimacy is banged away with every stroke of the brush, Spatzi Mausi I love you, come in to us, come into us, come with us, in our love mobile, our beautiful Sprinter, our Rudi, because Spatzi Spezial, we love you.
Sophia Süßmilch was born as a German citizen in the last millennium and dies in this. Valentin Wagner was born just in the last millennium, and that in beautiful Vienna. Süßmilch studied sculpture first in Munich and then painting in Vienna, where Wagner and Süßmilch met in 2017. Süßmilch works with multimedia; she paints oil paintings for reassurance and likes to be naked in her photo and video works. Her work oscillates between ironic distance and aggressive closeness, which also corresponds to her personality.
Wagner is currently studying painting with Thomas Zipp at the UdK in Berlin, before that painting and graphics with Pamela Rosenkranz at the AdbK in Munich. He works in the fields of painting, sound and performance; the works maneuver between kitsch and grotesque. Sophia Süßmilch is the recipient of the Bavarian Art Promotion Prize 2018 and the Munich Art Promotion Prize 2020, Wagner is not yet an award winner. The two live in Berlin, Vienna and Munich. They have been working together as SPATZI SPEZIAL since 2018.