Andrea Winkler’s room installations are characterized by minimal interventions as well as by subtly alienated » new stagings« of everyday fragments. She draws on a versatile pool between decoration and orchestration and incorporates, by using structural, spatial parameters, the space as a crucial »actor« into her work. Stefan Panhans also concentrates in his works on everyday phenomena, even though, with another emphasize: His videos and photographs analyse the spectacle of increasing commercialisation and staging of urban spaces and reflects on the people’s searching for role models within these situations. In his photographic work, Panhans uses different strategies in parallel. Ranging from spontaneous photographs to the addition of objects in found situations to entirely composed pictures, he creates new compositions related to the context.
The exhibition, which will include the video set of Panhans’ new video, which is also shot in location, is created by both artists and brought into a dialogue exceeding their own works – called are the contrasts of inside and outside space, staging and authenticity, orchestration and reality, presence and absence and the police.
The term »gefangenes Zimmer« (captivated room) is used on Hamburg’s housing market to describe a room which is only accessible via other rooms. This spatial quality corresponds with the experience of the exhibition architecture which is going to be the same for all the projects in this row: a 24sq large, 4 m high room implanted in the pompous and with patina saturated, former 1st class waiting room hosting the Kunstverein since 2000. Two artists at a time are asked to use the new spatial situation for their work and make it agog.