Clearly Ambiguous

Opening event: Thurs 16.6.2016, 19h
Duration: Fri 17.6. – Sun 3.7.2016
Dates: Fri 17.6 – Sun 19.6.2016 & Fri 24.6 – Sun 26.6.2016
Opening Hours: 15h – 18h (and by appointment)


"We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not"

One interpretation of this passage by ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is that we can’t step into the same river twice, simply because the river is constantly changing and so are we. So is our environmental, political and economical systems, but is it safe to say that change is the only constant in our universe? Clearly Ambiguous is a multidisciplinary group exhibition at Smac Berlin. Using different mediums as a form of expression, the artists will present their artwork in the three story space. There will be performances, readings and other events by the artists and their friends throughout the period of the exhibition.

Curated by: Rik Watkinson and Khaled Kurbeh


List of artists (artists all currently live and work in Berlin):

Mohanad Adwan
Mohanad attended the Adham esmaeel Institut for fine Art in Damascus and is currently completing his studies in Malerei at Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin. He held several several group exhibitions in Berlin. 

Mohanad Adwan

Hiba Al Ansari
Hiba received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Damascus University and is now completing her studies at Munich university of Arts. Hiba held several solo and group exhibitions in Damascus, Dubai, Beirut and Munich.

Hiba Al Ansari

Jakob Ganslmeier
Jakob studied at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in France, Brazil, Croatia and Germany. He won several awards including the “European Photo Exhibition Award“. Jakob is Co-Founder and permanent member of editorial team of FOG documentaries dispersed. 

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Ali Kaaf
Ali completed his Fine Arts Degree under the supervision of Marwan Kassab Bachi and Prof. Rebecca Horn at Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin, Germany. Ali works with glass, paper and photography. His works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.He was awarded with the Young Collectors for MAXXI and the DAAD-Preis assigned by UdK.

Ali Kaaf

Rodrik Biersteker
Rodrik Biersteker (Alkmaar, 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working with video and technology. He develops installations and performances and also regularly works as a videodesigner for theatre. 

Raman Khalaf
Raman is a Syrian Oud player and Philosophy student at Humboldt university, Berlin. He performed in various venues in Germany including the Philharmonie and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His current duo project with Khaled Kurbeh includes spoken poetry and Contemporary Classical and Sufi music. 

Khaled Kurbeh                                
Syrian music composer and producer currently living and working in Berlin. Khaled is a MA candidate in Spatial Strategies at Kunsthochschule Weissensee. He held several performances in Germany including the latest audio-visual performance at Haus der Kulturen der Welt with Raman Khalaf and Rodrik Biersteker.  Khaled held his first exhibition “Pieces From Exile” under alias Kaan Wafi at BOX Freiraum during Art Week Berlin 2015.


Yaser Safi
Born in Qamishli, Syria, Safi received a Bachelor in Fine Arts as well as diploma of superior studies in graphics from the University of Damascus. His solo exhibition at the French Cultural center in Damascus, in 1999, marked the beginning of his career and was followed by a series of other Solo exhibitions in Syria, Egypt, Dubai, UAE, Jordan and Belgium. Safi’s works have been acquired by the Damascus Museum for Modern Art, Jordan Royal Museum, British Museum in London, and private art collections. In 2001, he won the 1st Graphic Award at the second Syrian Youth exhibition and in 2000, he received an honor prize from the Cervantes Center in Damascus.

Yaser Safi