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 URBAN NOMAD

Kadir Amigo Memis defines himself as an Urban Nomad, a wandering collector of gestures, smells, colours, and sounds, a painter of ink and acrylic improvisations of the lights and shadows from the city.

He is an urban choreographer and calligrapher; a writer of movement, drawing from his childhood memories, of being a shepherd on a small Turkish farm before being transplanted as a fifteen year old into the city of West Berlin, being unable to speak the language nor understand its culture.

He has been searching for a form to express formlessness for the last 32 years.   In developing Zeybreak, the first fusion of traditional Anatolian and Urban Berlin Dance, Kadir Amigo Memis developed the first migrant Berlin Urban dance, taking over the structures of the solo Turkish Robin Hood (Zeybek) village dance and the Hip Hop culture.

In 2003 Memis participated in the first Street Art Exhibition in Berlin, which brought artists like Banksy, Adrian Nabi and Obey Swoon together with the Urban dancers and Graffitti artists that were finding their voices in the streets of Berlin.

Amigo created a legend where his body is his temple and refuge, and like a samurai, who understands the relationship between the brush and the sword, he developed his dance movements into an abstraction of figuration further into word and line.

His compositions contain personal symbols reflecting the spiritual movements upwards out of the ground through the middle of the canvas into the heavens. The overlapping memories and the mixing of techniques of structured layers of ink and acrylic paint are components reflecting displacement and identification where the sum is always greater than the parts that have given source to expression.

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