Hannah Weinberger (1988) lives and works in Basel. She recently completed her Master‘s degree in fine arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘You’ll be there when I’ll be near’, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe (2016); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2016); ‘As If I became upside down,right side up’, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2015); KUB Arena, Kunsthaus Bregenz (2014); MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA (2014); Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2015); FriArt – Centre d’art de Fribourg (2013); ‘Le Moi Du Toi,’ Swiss Institute, New York (2012), amongst others. From 2011 to 2013, she co-ran the project space Elaine at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, and is currently a residing board member of the Kunsthalle Basel.
The focus of Hannah Weinberger’s practice is on the incidental background noises generated by social gatherings. The atmospheric hums that people make while seated at tables, with glass and metal at their fingertips. The percussion of people moving in small formations, thumping the floor with their feet and clapping their hands to synthetic beats. Her compositions streamline social cacophony into minimal soundtracks, unburdened by dramatic crescendos, referential tempos, and algorithmic feats. Inspite of her technically sophisticated means of production, and the scale of her installations, she builds familiar, ephemeral atmospheres.
What are the current priorities within your practice / What are you currently concerned with in regards to your artistic agenda?
Trying to always think of “the viewer” in every way I can, regardless of in which circumstance the work is being developed.
In reference to this year’s graphic and thematic superstructure “migration”: what was / is your route and how has it changed your perception? How relevant is the notion of “Heimat” or “identity” for you?
It is funny – since I became a mother of two children, I feel myself like being and or adding suddenly some sorts of Home to the world but maybe this is just the current mood while still physically connected to them.
This year’s Grand Award for Art laureate Christian Philipp Müller “dedicates himself to art education and actively supports the work of a new generation of artists”. Is / was there someone on your route that supported your work in a way that it influenced your practice / approaches /strategies?
Of course there where and are people in my life that accompany me on my journey and support me in various ways.
Hannah Weinberger just opened a solo exhibition in the new gallery space of Freymond-Guth in Basel, on view until July 9.