Heide Hinrichs "Echoes"
02 June - 12 August 2012
|Heide Hinrichs, installation view "Echos", Heidelberger Kunstverein 2012, photo: Markus Kaesler|
The Kunstverein Heidelberg presents “Echoes”, Heide Hinrichs' first major solo show in Germany. The core of the artist's practice forms her interest in the relationship of language and body to space. In this process she develops a sculptural language that is structured by the semantic exploration of everyday objects and found materials. Hinrichs traces the meaning of things, places and memories in a highly individual process of translation. Her minimalistic approach reveals unexpected imaginary origins of the object.
For the exhibition “Echoes”, the resonant body of the house forms the central focus of the site-specific installations, in which the building of the Kunstverein itself becomes a sculptural object. In a series of drawings the artist traces the reverberations of history on both physical and mental levels. In both approaches the connections between verbal and architectural spaces are described in ever new ways.
“Echoes” is the second exhibition in the series entitled “Solo Show: Not Alone” in which two key points of reference for Heide Hinrichs' artistic practice are presented: the work of Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) and German writer W.G. Sebald (1944-2001). Their respective explorations of memory and exile interact with Heide Hinrichs' own works in the exhibition.
Heide Hinrichs was born in 1976 in northern Germany and currently lives and works in Oldenburg and Brussels. She studied at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. In 2006 she completed the two-year post graduate programme at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In the same year she presented her work in a solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Ahlen. She then moved to Seattle where she lived for four years, realising her 2010 solo show “Borrowed Tails” at the Seattle Art Museum. In 2008 she participated in the Manifesta 7 in Rovereto, Italy.
The exhibition is curated by Susanne Weiß.