PRAXES, Berlin

Alexandrinenstraße 118-121
10969 Berlin

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Following the inaugural Cycle of modular exhibitions, Papers, and Parlors around the work of Gerard Byrne and Jutta Koether, in the coming half year PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art will consecutively unfold the practices of Judith Hopf (Germany) and Falke Pisano (Netherlands/Germany). As of Spring 2014, two external curators are invited with each new Cycle to contribute to the process of collectively and critically addressing the featured artistic œuvres. For Cycle 2, curators Cecilia Canziani and Elena Tzotzi join PRAXES Directors Rhea Dall and Kristine Siegel in approaching the artistic work of Hopf and Pisano respectively.

From performance and discursive direction to spontaneous and short videos, site-specific installations and sculptures (spanning 3D prints, found objects, and ceramics), Judith Hopf maintains a practice of growing diversity. Paired with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and slowed working process—deliberately setting her own minimum quota for creative output to a single film and related series per year—her array of work presents a playful resistance to categorization and requirements of artistic production. Often propelled by her immediate environment, Hopf has repeatedly collaborated with other artists. Taking cue from Hopf’s defiance of conventions and fast turn-overs as well as her collaborations—ongoing and new—Hopf’s Cycle at PRAXES falls in four uneven measures, starting with a flock of concrete sheep from 2013. While calling attention to the Brutalist premises at PRAXES, the herd is also linked to the artist’s film Lily’s Laptop, screened as part of the 2014 Berlinale’s Forum Expanded exhibition taking place this February at the former St. Agnes Church adjacent to PRAXES.

Hopf has exhibited extensively with recent solo presentations at Studio Voltaire, London (2013), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013), Malmö Konsthall (2012), and Grazer Kunstverein (2012). Her work was featured in several locations in dOCUMENTA(13) (2012). Born in Karlsruhe, Hopf has lived in Berlin since the early 1990s and holds a professorship at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.

Falke Pisano’s work—articulated in a range of formats such as sculpture, performance-lecture, text, and conversation—circulates and reformulates ideas, language, and forms. Her long-term investigations—Figures of Speech (2006–2010), exploring discursive potential of artworks, and The Body in Crisis (2011– ), tracking changing conditions of the human body in historical moments of crisis—are structured as series of sometimes subtle, sometimes confrontational transfers from one work to another, from one context to the next. Pisano’s Cycle at PRAXES takes the rehearsal as its starting point, testing how the various parts of a given work series come together, while carefully dismembering, rearranging, and recomposing their content and position. This seemingly cannibalistic approach, derived from Pisano’s own methods, manifests as a paced articulation in the research modules presented at PRAXES—two equally long periods of on-site investigations, entitled Rehearsal I & II, and an overarching stretch of simultaneously live and published semi-public/semi-private reflections, entitled Rehearsal III.

Pisano recently had solo exhibitions at The Showroom, London (2013) and De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2012). Her work was included in the Istanbul Biennial (2013), the Shanghai Biennale (2012), and the 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009). In 2013, she received the Prix de Rome. Originally from the Netherlands, Pisano lives and works in Berlin.

Cecilia Canziani is Co-director of Nomas Foundation, Rome, where she has been invested since 2009 in an ongoing critical analysis, reshuffling, and questioning of emerging artistic practices. Moreover, Canziani is a co-curator of ZegnArt, a contributing editor of the magazine Cura, and a PhD researcher at the Doctoral School of History, Archeology, and Art History at the University of Naples. Canziani will collaborate curatorially in the Cycle of Judith Hopf.

Elena Tzotzi is the Co-director of Signal Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden, a collaborative curatorial exhibition venue, committed to producing, presenting, and contextualizing art. Previously, Tzotzi worked at the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö and Lunds konsthall. She has curated numerous exhibitions as a freelance curator and contributes regularly to publications and magazines. Tzotzi will partake in curating the Cycle of Falke Pisano.

Cycle 2: Judith Hopf | Falke Pisano Januar 31 – Juni 14 2014 Grand Opening: Friday 31 January 2014, 19:00 Judith Hopf 31 January – 23 March: Untitled (1) 28 March – 6 April: Untitled (2) 11 April – 11 May: Untitled (3) 16 May – 14 June: Untitled (4)

Falke Pisano 31 January – 2 March: Rehearsal I, Take One: Parts That Do Not Go Together 7 March – 6 April: Rehearsal I, Take Two: Parts That Do Not Go Together 11 April – 14 June: Rehearsal II: Heart Head Hold-up 31 January – 14 June: Rehearsal III: Threading Third and Fourth Person

About PRAXES PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit venue for international contemporary art and research in Berlin founded in 2013. Situated in a two-story 200 m2 former community building, PRAXES presents half-year cycles of consecutive exhibition modules, papers, and live activities revolving around two unassociated artistic practices.

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Cycle 2: Judith Hopf / Falke Pisano

Judith Hopf, Falke Pisano