Towards the west end of Raumerstraße, in the Helmholtzkiez of Prenzlauer Berg, is a small, bright shop, whose nameplate “Supalife Kiosk” draws the attention of passers by. The crisp, white interior is brought to life by bright splashes of colour – screen prints and posters hang on the walls and design books and comics stand on the shelves.
“Supalife” is a gallery, platform and project space for graphic designers, illustrators and urban artists. It is almost certainly one-of-a-kind in Germany. Gabriele Zygor, the shop’s founder explains: “We are
an exhibition space for wide range of different artists – art school graduates appear here as much as self-taught artists. What everyone has in common, however, is the pleasure of working with screen print
techniques and the high quality of the pieces.”
Having studied Communication Design, she has been passionate about this printing technique for a long time: “The great thing about it is that everyone uses the same medium, but the results are totally
different.” In 2000, she discovered the ‘Fleischerei’, an open screen print workshop and collective, where she developed her first screen print works and exhibition concept. “ ‘Supalife’ has been around since
2004, though we’ve had the shop since 1999. It started as an office workshop for graphic designers, concept developers and programmers” explains Gabriele, who moved it to Prenzlauer Berg in the 90s.
She grew up in the Neukölln district of Berlin, where her parents lived after she had come here with them from Poland.
Every six weeks, the walls of the Supalife Kiosk are made available to a different artist, giving them the opportunity to present their work to the public. Unknown artists also have this chance. Gabriele approaches people directly, whose works inspires her. After the exhibition, selected artists produce a printrun of their work with a series of 50 to 100 copies.
The Supalife homepage offers an overview of the entire collection of more than 500 works, of which roughly 150 are available for purchase. All prints at Supalife are hand produced and sold in limited editions, each piece numbered and signed. Small prints cost between 25 and 50, whilst large ones range from 100 to 150. What began as a shop for the Berlin screen print and poster scene, has meanwhile developed into a unique presentation space for young art from Europe and overseas.
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