Avi Albers Ben Chamo
The Wrong Strips

Currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. 

Don't ask me where I'm coming from, ask me who I'm or even better, how I feel.  

Avi Albers Ben Chamo (1973), a visual artist and composer." With my work, I would like to explore the topic of 'bridges'.    

Avi studied design at the WIZO Haifa Academy of Design in Israel, and music composition with composer and Bach researcher Professor Derek Remes in Berlin.

"In the last decade, my work has revolved around the history of bridges - individual bridges and the cultural connection they embody. Bridges are path between the self yesterdays and tomorrows, between pain and healing. 'Bridges' are hope".

"I have learned from my parents and being around different cultures that for my well-being and good health it's important to understand and explore the difficult memories and problems that people go through. Instead of thinking about them as part of a group or country, I'm interested in their own unique experiences.

In 2013, Avi Albers Ben Chamo founded the Jazzy Berlin Community, an open platform to share ideas and to evoke discussion through Jazz. During different events and political shifts in the global world, Jazzy Berlin was and still up to today is preforming as a safe and trusting meeting point for cultural debate. 

This April 2024, Avi's work ""Alzheimer - Hanna" won the first prize at "Neuer Preis für zeitgenössische Malerei Teil 2" competition;

Exhibitions

"This is not Naples, this is Haifa" (Bauhaus in decay) - exhibition sponsored by the Municipality of Haifa (2001);  

"Holiday in the refineries of Haifa", towards zero pollution for air, water and soil, exhibition at Benenu, Haifa, Israel (2003);

Premarts gallery - Group exhibition, Berlin (2019);

“The Kiosk People ,” Indie head Alexanderplatz, - Group exhibition, Berlin (2022);

“Maroquinerie,” solo exhibition, (Hope and alienation in a foreign land) Gallery Stanton, Israel; (2022);

Kavanism - Solo exhibition (Architecture and symbolism) at Fundburo Design, Berlin (2023);

WEAVING LISTENING HilbertRaum (Human Sound installation), Berlin (2023);

TRUST/ Vertrauen, group exhibition at kunst kreuzberg e.V Berlin (2024);

ALZHEIMER Hanna group exhibition at kunst kreuzberg e.V Berlin (2024); first prize at "Neuer Preis für zeitgenössische Malerei Teil 2" competition;

Group exhibition "go with the flow - stop the flow" presenting "The door" at kunst kreuzberg e.V Berlin (2024);

"Touch" at San Rocco Museum of Contemporary art Trapani with Sistanagila organized by MEMA - Mediterranean Music Association, the Istituto di Cultura Italo-Tedesco di Trapani (ICIT), the Goethe-Institut Italia, Sicily (2024);

Grants 

Berliner Projektfond Kulturelle Bildung
Neustart Kultur
Culture Moves Europe
Draußenstadt

Writing

A mediterranean men in Berlin (blog) Stern Magazine 2014

Artist's residency 
Palermo under the EU program and the Goethe-Instituts -Culture Moves Mai 2024

Active projects: 

Sistanagila Iran - Israel music project. (Contrabass and co composer)

Music and politics

Though Sistanagila promotes itself as apolitical, it’s inevitable that merging Israeli and Iranian musicians performing together will carry political undertones “whether we like it or not". Sistanagila is comprised of two Iranians, two Israelis, and a German. For the first time in mid-September, they performed to a packed house – including their Iranian audience members – at a synagogue, following a weekend performance at a cathedral and beforehand a mosque. 

The Jewish Choral Book Project German - Israeli culture project. 

Performance of original compositions 

Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig,  Coburg Philharmonisches Orchester, Berlin Philharmonie, ConcertHause Berlin.


Avi Albers Ben Chamo