Hanna Mattes (b.1980, Munich, Germany), studied Fine Arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and Linguistics at Freie Universität zu Berlin. With an interest in that which lies beyond optical capture – be this screen or lens, the filmic or the celestial – Hanna takes photographic processes as a point of departure. Through different modes of direction and documentation, her work expands fantasies, creating multiverses, where a viewer is led to question notions of ‘real’ and ‘fallacy.’ Surpassing ‘the photographic,’ Hanna’s recent work employs sound and her body to make explicit the tensions between these notions and there effect on psychosocial behaviour.
Select exhibitions include: State of Cling, Omstand, Arnhem, The Neatherlands (2022); WHO IS NOT A STRANGER, Casa Lü, Mexico (2021); Mom, I am a rich man, Kommunale Galerie Rathaus Johannisthal, Berlin (2021) Take Me To That Landscape, live online performance with David Rothenberg for K. Verlag at Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair (2021); 20×20, WEB, Berlin (2020); Cooking for the Apocalypse, curated by Jack Faber, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki (2020); Three Pieces, Gallery Lauwer, The Hague (2020); The Lunar System, Earth Based Art Space, Zutphen (2020); Macrodoser, with Anna Steinert, Salon Gallery, Berlin (2019); B, Belmacz, London (2019); The Cosmic Sublime, curated by Lumen Studios, Pie Factory Margate, London (2019); Astronomia, Arte e Religione, with Lumen Residency in Atina, Italy (2018); Wild Encounters, curated by La Wayaka Current, Guest Projects, London (2018); If I Was Your Girlfriend – A Jam, Belmacz, London (2018); Searching for the Cold Spot, Belmacz, London (2017); Collectivism – Collectives and their quest for value, Foam, Amsterdam (2017); On the Distant Horizon, curated Joe Wolek, BLAM, Los Angeles (2016); InterKontinental, Belmacz, London (2016); Carbon Content, curated by Marc Philip van Kempen, Kreuzbergpavillion, Berlin (2015); The Nutcracker, Belmacz, London (2014); Circus TM, Belmacz, London (2014); Encounter, with Pim Leenen, ACF – Amsterdam Centre for Photography (2013); Light / Colours, Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography, Amsterdam (2013); Kleider machen Leute, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin (2013); She Views Herself – Emerging Women Artists and the Self-Portrait, Bank Oddo, Paris (2012); When The Night Falls…, KiK – Kunsthuis Kolderveen (2012) Day for Night, LMCC, New York (2011); To The Netherlands, Diplomat Gallery, Philadelphia (2011); Digitaal? Analoog!, Huis Marseille – Museum voor Photography, Amsterdam (2010); Theater & Fotografie, Galerie Kampl, Munich (2010); Mapping My Hollywood, Amsterdam Centre for Photography (2010); Fleetstreet – Tagebuch eines Theaters, Fleetinsel, Hamburg (2009); True Lies, Kunsthaus Essen (2009).
Hanna lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.
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