curator of club tropicana @ dadapost, berlin, de
club tropicana was an exhibition curated by esben holk and maansi jain at dadapost in berlin, germany. the exhibition was a group show with artworks by Anastasia Muna and Geovanna Gonzalez, Anto Christ, Bad Art Presents: Anna Choutova and Thomas Coates, Clusterduck, Francesco Petruccelli, Hedda Grevle Ottesen, House of Killing feat Esben Holk, Hugo Hutchins, Ida Dorthea Thorrud, Maansi Jain, and Lemia Monet
Tunes by NO SHADE’s Grinderteeth (Veslemøy Rustad Holseter), Perifaflex (Nat Assia), Folly Ghost (Tres Folly) with support by Samuel Gieben, Camilla Rae Lutz and Tarrou (Jean-Baptiste Gallpn)
Food by Biri Bibi
"Inspired by the myth and utopi(a)oid crisis, found, for our intentions ‘n purposes, in Wham’s 1983 hit classic; Club Tropicana, and later George Michael’s career revitalizing Careless Whisper, we create a group show concerned with synthesizing happiness even at the end of summer...an inquiry in contemporary, mainstream, manic productions and depictions of the eternally-”soon-to-be-available” utopia capitalism promises it's many believers.
Beyond aiming at lofty goals of making you happy despite yourself, Club Tropicana is a pool party. DADAPOST is a (last) resort: imagine a sunny but abandoned hotel in Reinickendorf, with a mail-ordered wellness pool brimming with magnesium sulfate to de~constipate your bowels, DJ’s spinning fresh tracks and food and drinks available for purchase! A utopian place where there is (imagined) luxury enough for everyone, and all you need to do to get it is to consent to the unilateral, radical radiating ultra-must-do collectively marshaled positivity!
Bring your own swimsuit and towel (#BYOSNT) and take a dip in the wellness pool and feel your bowels unfurl while ur fingers prune thanks to the epsom salt filtration system ! Lay back and listen to the tunes of a wilting summer and feel the breeze of air churned by airplanes returning tourists back to Tegel from their escapist discount trips to sunny beaches. Lounge amidst sculptures in the sun! Take a drink and peruse the multi media productions of a collective idealisation: be the sharpest stock photo version of yourself and come forget that summer is about to end- and that the bar (and the money in your pockets) will eventually, likely,,,,,… run out!!!!"