NINA HOFFMANN

ICH BRAUCHE WENIG WIRKLICHKEIT (I RARELY NEED REALITY)

28 June 2014 – 28 September 2014

A joint opening will be held at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Weserburg I Museum für Moderne Kunst and Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen on Friday, 27 June 2014.
 
All institutions will be open from 6:00 p.m.
 
Opening addresses: 6:30 p.m. Künstlerhaus, 7:30 p.m. GAK, 8:30 p.m. Museum and Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen.

The opening will be complemented by a summer festival in penGwyn.

The artistic work of Nina Hoffmann revolves around human desire. What do we desire and why? Do the objects of our desire exist in factual reality? Or do we tend to pursue mere ideas and projections? Where do the borders between reality and projection/ideal lie? How are they defined? Is it possible to render them visible? These are some of the questions investigated by Nina Hoffmann. Hoffmann is interested in the narratives of everyday life which are common to us all: our daily routines, our aspirations, the factors that shape our perceptions, the courses of action that we pursue to fulfill our desires...

For her first solo institutional exhibition Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I rarely need reality, sourced from an interview with Heinrich Böll) Hoffmann stages different aspects of desire in the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, and plays through various “narrations of love” (Nina Hoffmann). Approaching love as a defining element of everyday life – indeed a Leitmotif of human existence – the exhibition explores the expectations and ideals with which we fetter love, the disappointments with which it presents us, and the clichés of advertising, film and the boulevard press which weigh so heavy upon it. Working across the mediums of text and photography, film and installation, ready-made and slide projection, the exhibition has been carefully adapted to the GAK's space.

Nina Hoffmann's oeuvre oscillates between the twin poles of scenic composition and the incidental, autobiography and universality. The works take their cue from the unfulfilled desires of fellow artists, friends and members of her family. But this private dimension is not deployed as a means to represent her sensitivities; instead it is used to demonstrate our common practices, desires, experiences and knowledge. Hoffmann offsets this intimate note with images that are rooted in our collective consciousness – from Hollywood clichés to holiday landscapes and the departure for new shores. Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit is defined ultimately by its atmosphere, which treats the exhibition's architectural setting and lighting conditions as materials in their own right, and is sustained by a singular blend of melancholy, ruthlessness, humor and tenderness.

An extensive events programme will accompany the exhibition.



DONNERSTAGSTERMINE

FÜHRUNG DURCH ICH BRAUCHE WENIG WIRKLICHKEIT
mit Janneke de Vries, Kuratorin der Ausstellung

Thursday, 03. July 2014, 7:00 pm


ICH BRAUCHE WENIG WIRKLICHKEIT
Szenische Lesung

Thursday, 28. August 2014, 7:00 pm


IN NACHBARS GARTEN
Führung mit Peter Friese, Direktor der Weserburg

Thursday, 25. September 2014, 7:00 pm


TAGE DER OFFENEN TÜR MIT FINISSAGE UND KATALOG-RELEASE
27./28. September 2014



The exhibition is funded by

  • Waldemar Koch Stiftung

Die GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst is funded by

  • Der Senator für Kultur