All so Near:
Textile-Bodies, China Girls and Archi-Finance

an exhibition at Künstlerlhaus FAKTOR , Hamburg, 20-22 April 2018

with AmeĢlie-Brisson-Darveau, Johanna Bruckner & Cora Piantoni

When fisherman Joachim von Lohe opened a brewery outside the Hamburg walls and beyond the Pinneberg county border in 1536, the story goes two Hamburg residents eying the building site with circumspection found it to be ‘all too near’. Altona, now a district of Hamburg, became a Danish city in the 17th century. It benefited from favourable tax laws, developed through commerce and a tolerant religious legislation. The 19th century saw Altona embrace industrial production, while cultivating fashionable promenade and houses over the Elbe. In the second half of the 20th century, having merged with Hamburg during the Third Reich, Altona espoused the fate of a large European port metropolis, where the development of container terminals paralleled prestigious urban redevelopment schemes such as the HafenCity. Its history offers a mirror of the northern fortunes of Hanseatic cities, whose heritage and present identities are explored by Brisson-Darveau, Bruckner and Piantoni through film, sculpture and installation, at a time when people, objects, ideas, have become ‘all so near’. As such the exhibit will reflect on economic and social patterns of interconnectedness that bind Hamburg to the world in the present age. 

@Cora Piantoni

@Amélie Brisson Darveau

@Johanna Bruckner

Amélie Brisson-Darveau (B. Québec L. Hamburg) investigates the body of Altona through historical maps of the city, which are transformed into clothes reflecting past and present working patterns. The public will be able to try on these clothes infused with architectural and collective resonances.

Johanna Bruckner’s work (B. Vienna, L. Zurich/Hamburg) looks more specifically at the Hafencity in Hamburg. Through performative dance scripts and films, Bruckner points to the textures of contemporary political economy that silently shape architectural space and bodily experience within the port-city’s capital-driven dynamic.

Cora Piantoni (B. Munich L. Zurich/Munich) invokes the underbelly of the city in the age of visual media transformation through a research into the history STernnrückeof the Atlantik Film company based in Hamburg. Piantoni explores Hamburg’s labour and film history, through interviews with ‘Chinagirls’, who were workers in the analogue film production photographed to adjust the film material.

curated by Gabriel Gee (TETIGROUP)

Vernissage: Friday 20th April at 7pm Exhibition: Saturday 21-Sunday 22, 2-8pm

Artists talk: Saturday 21th April at 5 pm with Amélie Brisson-Darveau, Johanna Bruckner, Cora Piantoni, mediated by Vanessa Nica Mueller, Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Max Brauer Allee 229, 22769 Hamburg

Download the Press Release (GERMAN & ENGLISH) HERE