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  • Nina Hoffmann: Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I rarely need reality), 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I rarely need reality), 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I rarely need reality), 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: UNDERPERFORMER, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: UNDERPERFORMER, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: UNDERPERFORMER, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: Aller Anfang (Every beginning), 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: Aller Anfang (Every beginning), 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: ACHIM, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: ACHIM, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Nina Hoffmann: ACHIM, 2014, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Tobias Hübel

Nina Hoffmann
Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I Rarely Need Reality)

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28.06–28.09.2014

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 institutional solo show „Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit“ (en.: 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 the artists herself, from friends and family members. 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.

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28.06–28.09.2014

Curated by
Janneke de Vries

Publication

Nina Hoffmann. Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (artist book, eds. GAK, N. Hoffmann, 2014)

Annual edition

Nina Hoffmann: Planet Earth Is Blue And There Is Nothing I Can Do, 2014

Events

Fri 27.06.14, 7 pm
Opening

Thu 03.07.14, 7 pm
Guided tour with Janneke de Vries

Thu 31.07.14, 7 pm
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
Film night

Thu 14.08.14, 7 pm
Nina Hoffmann and Akiko Bernhöft: Material Dialogue
Talk

Thu 28.08.14, 7 pm
Anna Huhn and Matthias Ruthenberg: Ich brauche wenig Wirklichkeit (I rarely need reality)
Scenic reading 

Thu 11.09.14, 7 pm
Paris is Burning
Film night

Thu 25.09.14, 7 pm
Guided tour with Peter Friese
As part of the series In Nachbars Garten (In Neighbour’s Garden), a project of GAK and Museum Weserburg

Support

The Senator for Culture, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Waldemar Koch Foundation

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