Featured Artist: Mariana Hahn
Through our tours and artist studio visits we’re in close contact with many Berlin-based artists. After studio visits we highlight an artist and an art work, specially selected by the artist for Art Tours Berlin.
Mariana Hahn is a visual artist from Germany, studied at St. Martins in London and currently lives and works in Berlin.
The Art Tours Berlin edition of Braids originated during Hahn’s residence program in China where she extensively examined the commodification of hair. Each print of the Braids series is a unique part of her performance. First, Hahn braided the human hair, then she dipped it in blue acrylic paint and finally she made a print.
The Braids are also a reminiscent of Yves Klein’s “living paintbrushes” Anthropometry. For this work Klein employed female models in order to create prints of female bodies. Different than archiving a performance of female models, Hahn studied and preserves living archives of women hair. Hence Hahn’s Braids can be understood as prints of an archive’s archive. Works of Hahn’s Braids series were on view at PS120 for the exhibition ‘The Way Things Run (Der Lauf der Dinge) Part III: Wage’, curated by Justin Polera (see images below).
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