Katrin Heichel scrutinizes specific topics over a long period of time, in series of works of different scales. Currently, her work addresses construction sites and how they represent human labor. Tools, temporary signs, traces of work, abandoned spaces or unidentified leftovers give evidence of the presence of people. These sites are contemporary portraits of plans and condemnations, calculated and mysterious at the same time.
Katrin Heichel studied painting at the Akademy of Visuel Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Her work has recently been presented in group exhibitions at Black Door, Istanbul, Turkey; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Xawery Dunikowski Museum at Krolikarnia-Palais, National Museum Warschau, Warsow, Poland; Museum Franz Gertsch,Burgdorf, Switzerland and Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria. Solo exhibitions include Gallery b2, Leipzig; Gallery Frank Schlag & Cie., Essen and BAU a collaboration between Laden Fuer Nichts, Leipzig and Schau-Fenster, Berlin. Heichel’s work belongs to the following collections: Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva, Swizterland; Graphic Collection of the Museum der Bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig; Arario Collection, South Korea and Olbricht Collection, Germany.
Residents from Germany
Atsushi Kaga’s work depicts a fictionalized world inhabited by a cast of invented characters. Through his alternative reality, Kaga explores personal and cultural identity, as well as complex social issues we face in daily life. He plays with the tension between integrity and corruptibility, nature and nurture, innocence and experience, and freedom and constriction. Kaga lives and work in Dublin and graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2005. Kaga is represented by Mother’s Tankstation.
Residents from Japan
Czech artist Jan Haubelt investigates identity and illusion in his work, and is interested in shifts in both mental and sensual reality. He builds site-specific installations that are often formally tied to an environment, relying on photographic documentation to share the work. Haubelt plays with the relationship between three-dimensional objects and their photographic reproductions, focusing on illusions in perception. He creates mechanically manipulated pictures, or visual puzzles, that function on the principles of a scenography.
Jan Haubelt (born 1977) is a founding member of the Ládví group. He studied Sculpture at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He participated in study and residency programs in Athens in 2005 and in London in 2010. Haubelt’s work has been shown in group exhibitions in Hungary and Italy, as well as at the Prague Biennale 4 in 2009 and Prague Quadrennial in 2011.