Interdisciplinary and cross-border collaboration between Belgian architect Inessa Hansch and German artist Susanne Kühn: a work that combines architecture
, around space
and its representation, which questions the idea of the inside and the outside.
The Belgian architect Inessa Hansch (Paris) and the German artist Susanne Kühn (Freiburg / Nuremberg) create joint objects that combine painting and spatial construction/installation. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition at FRAC Alsace illuminates this unique, interdisciplinary collaboration for the first time. It contains a series of images and texts pertaining to all aspects of Hansch and Kühn's joint venture – the works themselves and the questions they raise.
Inessa Hansch's architecture focuses upon the idea of “interiority”, the design of an environment, which allows an awareness for a specific site to unfold. Susanne Kühn's surreal visual worlds explore the painterly potential in the depiction of space and time while at the same time integrating the site and the viewer into the concept of the work.
In her joint projects with Inessa Hansch, her paintings respond dynamically to the architectural qualities of the objectlike structures, as well as to notions of inside and outside, light and shade, texture and scaling. In addition, their collaborative works explore the meaning of the human figure, both for the visual world of the paintings and the architecture, thereby demonstrating the possibilities for painting beyond two-dimensional limitations—a realm in which the viewer can become part of the artwork.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, in 2018-2019.