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Erste Hilfe : First Aid
an exhibition in the framework of Documenta Fifteen
18 June till 24 September 2022.
Opening hours: Wednesday till Sunday, noon till 7 pm

Since 2019, the artist couple Silvia and Lutz Freyer have managed the Hugenottenhaus (Huguenot House) with the so called 'art zone' in the middle of Kassel, with significant support from Udo Wendland. As a place of communication, the Café/Bar Perle by Maren Freyer is also an essential part of the art and culture location.
With Erste Hilfe : First Aid, visitors can expect an exhibition project that is characterized by networking and cooperation, trust in art and its efficacy. Visitor offers allow people of all ages to become participants. The exhibition explores the spectrum of how artists turn to the various forms of need and respond to them freely with artistic means. Exciting positions can be seen in each of the more than 20 rooms of the Huguenot House. In the house itself, Carola Ruf, for example, dealt with her own work 'Abgeschoben' (Expelled or Deported), which was created 30 years ago in the Huguenot House.
With Masha Vyshedska, a Ukrainian artist shows her diary of the escape. Gregor Schneider shows his work in a room on the edge of the 'art zone' that has never been open before. Further works of art and the 10 m high infrastructure tower can be seen in the 'art zone' (see below).

Participating artists
Peter Josef Abels, Joey Arand, Autohaus Autohaus, Jörn Budesheim, Alice Creischer, Maria Anna Dewes, Bert Didillon, Eva & Adele, Janosch Feiertag, Ingrid Flohry, Lutz Freyer, Silvia Freyer, Marco Glashagen, Armin Hartenstein, Pascal Heußner, Thomas Huber, Julia Kröpelin, Ubbo Kügler, Henrik Langsdorf, Simone Letto, Oliver Leuer, Maik & Dirk Löbbert, Stefan Lux, Sarah Metz, Hanno Millesi, Christian Phillipp Müller, Michael Part, Norbert Radermacher, Susanne Radscheit, Carola Ruf, Judith Samen, Claudia Schmacke, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Myriam Thyes, Claudia van Koolwijk, Stephan von Borstel, Masha Vyshedska, Nele Waldert, Ricky Weber, Yidahn.

Curated by: Lutz Freyer, Silvia Freyer.

Workshop for the School on the Wall
Children explore the Huguenot House grounds and the First Aid exhibition. Small sculptures are created with plasticine, which can also be seen in the exhibition. The Infra Tower – an experiment in 1:1

In cooperation with the Faculties of Design, Civil Engineering / Building Theory and Structural Design of the University of Kassel, intensive work and tireless commitment of everyone involved, a special "lighthouse" was created, which protrudes above the billboard of the 'art zone' and draws attention to it, but is also receptive to further ideas. More on this:

Guided tours through the exhibition ...
... enable exchange of perception and surprising insights. They can be booked at One hour costs € 80 for up to 8 people.

The Art and Culture House
In the long term, the Hugenottenhaus will be further developed as an art and culture house. In order to secure it for the future, a non-profit company was founded, the Hugenottenhaus gGmbH, which can also collect donations for the project. Maria Kalesnikova

a work by Stephan von Borstel
On September 7, 2020, she was picked up on a main street in Minsk and taken away. The Belarusian secret service thought they could get her out of the country in order to weaken the courage of her resistance and silence her. Maria Kalesnikova had just returned to Belarus a few months earlier from Stuttgart, where she had lived for several years, in order to be available as a musician and director of a cultural center for the future of a democratic country.

In 2020, images flooded the world of a memorable protest that refused to bow to the post-Soviet legacy of a corrupt ruler. People had had enough of electoral fraud and the harassment of a dictatorship. Together with Svetlana Tichanovskaya and Veronika Zepkalo, Maria Kalesnikova had the civil courage to oppose the reprisals and terror of the ruler Lukashenko and to stand up for 'free elections' in the country with the support of many people. Their commitment to this basic right and other elementary human rights made them extremely dangerous for the state apparatus.

Maria Kalesnikova was kidnapped after her comrades-in-arms involuntarily and out of necessity spoke out in favor of exile in Lithuania. She only managed to escape cold deportation by tearing up her own personal documents. She was sentenced to eleven years in prison in late summer 2021 for allegedly preparing a plot to illegally seize power and endanger national security.

The war in Ukraine has made the situation of the many women and men prisoners even more unbearable because they are more isolated. As if behind a fog of war, Belarus has finally become Putin's vassal state in order to give space to the strategic deployments of Russian troops and their allies.

A contact is hardly possible... 100 people – 100 days (a project by Lutz Freyer): On each day of the exhibition, which opens parallel to the documenta (Mondays and Tuesdays are closed), one person is invited to report on their experience of first aid. These four-minute impulses are recorded and combined into a film.