The division of biology and geology or nonlife and life is not merely a division that is artificial. It is a division that is dangerous.
—Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism, 2016
In recent months, Daniel Lie has used the studio at Küstlerhaus Bethanien as a research base for exploring the processes of decaying matter. Scales of Decay is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Berlin, and expands the boundaries between what is judged as living and dead matter. With Scales of Decay, Daniel Lie is showing a spatial installation consisting of large-
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The colours of the drawings fluoresce in the space. The exhibition walls are also included and have been handpainted with turmeric and linseed gel. Comparable to the dramaturgy of a musical composition, the space is divided into different scenes. Textile works hand-
Transgender artist Daniel Lie (Brazil/Indonesia, born in Sã Paulo) is researching life, death, ancestry and decay, and uses organic living matter as a laboratory of ideas. In Daniel Lie’s work, time is central: from the most ancient memories to the beginning of the world, the span of a human life, and the geological time of the elements. To highlight such timeframes, elements that have time contained in them are used for installations and performances, including decomposing matter and the growth of plants, fungi and the body. In interdisciplinary exchange with mycologists, archaeologists or environmental specialists, Lie develops posthumanist perspectives, aiming to break binary thought structures between science and religion, origin and presence, life and death.
Daniel Lie currently holds a KfW Stiftung scholarship in the International Studio Programme at Küstlerhaus Bethanien. Other KfW Stiftung scholarship holders participating in the International Studio Programme in 2021/2022 are Hamlet Lavastida (Cuba), Aziz Hazara (Afghanistan) and Gaёlle Choisne (France/Haiti).
The KfW Stiftung is an independent, non-
Daniel Lie, Dife and Leath (detail), 2021