The SALOON Berlin is the first SALOON that came into existence. In 2012, independent curator Tina Sauerlaender gathered 10 great women from the Berlin art scene and started the network. Since then, the network in Berlin grew to several hundred members and developed into an international network with 1000 members. Besides organizing the regular internal meetings and events for its members, SALOON Berlin organizes public events in Berlin, like the panel series Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?* in cooperation with Performing Encounters or the symposium and screening Invisible To Whom? Not To Me in cooperation with Distinguished Diva Collective at Literaturhaus Berlin. In 2015, Tina Sauerlaender and Alina Heinze, who at that time had been co-running the SALOON, curated the exhibition SALOON at SEXAUER Gallery in Berlin, presenting 25 artists of the SALOON Berlin network. In 2022, the 10th anniversary took place accompanied by many events. The documentation can be found here.
You find more information on SALOON Berlin's events, members or the application process on its website saloon-berlin.de and instagram.com/saloon.berlin.
Lena Fließbach is an independent curator and writer of contemporary art. She is co-curator of the exhibition Zero Waste, Museum of Fine Arts (MdbK), Leipzig, 2020, an international group show which questioned itself in terms of sustainability and aimed at possible solutions. She continues to explore possibilities of more sustainable exhibitions and art institutions and works as an expert for the training program and network for sustainability in the cultural sector Ki Culture.
Lena Fließbach developed exhibition concepts and interdisciplinary communication programs for various institutions such as Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Ocean. Now!, Reinbeckhallen (all in Berlin) or Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna) and worked as a lecturer for Burg Giebichenstein University, Halle.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2021.
Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa is the director of the municipal galleries Neukölln, the division of visual arts and art in urban space in the district of Neukölln. She studied art and cultural history at the University of Augsburg and completed her master's degree in art and visual history at Humboldt University in Berlin. She was curatorial assistant for the Festival of Future Nows 2014 at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin and 2017 at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart Berlin and worked for Light Art Space (LAS) in 2018. As a freelance curator, she conceived and organized two art festivals as part of the DRAUSSENSTADT initiative.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2023.
Sarah Maske is an independent curator based in Berlin. She is co-founder of the long term-project Sandstorm - And Then There Was Dust and the French-German cultural festival L'autre rapport a la terre. She has worked on numerous exhibitions internationally, among others at Museum Wiesbaden, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and Depo, Istanbul.
In her work she is especially interested in the connection of ecological phenomenons to political and social realities, blurring the boundaries among the media, telling feminist stories and immersive art forms through technology and beyond (workshops, life as art, walks etc.). She is currently working for Malia Verlag where she gives birth to books that tell about a better world.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2021.
Ornella Fieres is a new media artist. Her multimedia installations have been exhibited internationally at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Goethe Institut Toronto, Literaturhaus Berlin, NurtureArt Gallery New York, Kunstverein Speyer and Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. She has given lectures and presentations at Volksbühne Berlin, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and at New Lab New York, where she had a research residency in 2017. She is a PhD candidate at the HfG Offenbach (Art and Media Science) researching on the occult aspects of digital media.
Her work explores the hidden aspects of digital technologies. For her investigations she develops photography, video and sound techniques that forcefully merge analog and digital material, as well as different moments in time.
She is a SALOON Board Member since 2017.