KIN*K – Beamerübernahme mit Kunst #2 * KLARA HOBZA *
Thursday 26th of April
ON SCREEN: “You came here for the killing, didn’t you?” 2017-2018
and other SURPRISES!!!!!!
Klara Hobza pursuits her self-imposed tasks with fervor. Her endeavors might span up to 30 years, as is currently the case with Diving Through Europe (2010 ca. 2040). This spring, after several years of training, Hobza entered the Niewe Waterweg at the mouth of the North Sea, close to Rotterdam. She is now diving upstream through the Rhine river until she reaches the Main river in Mainz, Germany. From there, Hobza will dive through the Main, the Main-Danube-Channel, and then through the Danube river all the way to the Black Sea, near Constanta. Other tasks may even reach decades beyond her death, as the artist asserts in her piece Biography (2002, 2012, 2086).
While pursuing her virtually impossible aims, Klara uses what she encounters along the way as conceptual material, which she then translates into various media such as video, sculpture, drawing, and lecture spectacles.
Hobzas pieces gain substance and complexity from situations where the world of imagination clashes with the world of reality. There is a hilarious disproportion between her characters plan and what would conventionally be understood as possible.
Klara Hobza, born 1975 in Pilsen (CR), lives and works in Berlin. Her artistic practice involves performance, video, drawing, and sculpture, and is conceptually held together by narrations of self-imposed endeavors. Hobza’s ongoing project Diving Through Europe started in 2010 and uses lived experience as conceptual material, which she then translates into different media.
Hobza studied at Munich Academy of Fine Arts (with Olaf Metzel), at Columbia University, New York (MFA), and at Rogue Film School, Los Angeles. Her recent solo exhibitions include Diving Through Europe at Syndhavn Station, Copenhagen (2014), Die große Basler Gipfelbergung at deupiece bei St. Clara, Basel, and On Display at basis, Frankfurt am Main (2014). Hobza has been awarded with grants and fellowships from Stiftung Kunstfonds (2012), ars viva/BDI (2010), DIVA (2009), NYFA (2007) and the SculptureCenter Prize (2005), et al.
Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn’t you?, 2017-18, video still
Klara Hobza, Schlickschlacht, 2016, video still