The exhibition presents current works by the documenta participant Judith Hopf. The artist questions social structures and constraints with fine irony. An important theme of her new works is the need for an overview in the face of an unmanageable reality. The change in digital technology also fundamentally changes our relationship to information and news, which the artist describes as a new quality of distances: »Distances in the sense of the distance and the accessibility of news or the information that can be accessed as an individual ‘. And those distances, in the sense of the emotional, psychological or even political ‘reception possibilities’ of the subject, in relation to this very information and broadcasts that reach you and that are followed by other possibilities «. Judith Hopf tries in an experimental way to weave these observations and considerations into her aesthetic work. She uses different media – from installation and sculpture, to film and graphics – and develops an aesthetic that is as subtle as it is weird and bizarre. Works specially developed for the exhibition in the Neue Galerie will also be on view for the first time.
In addition to dOCUMENTA (13), Judith Hopf (* 1969, Karlsruhe) took part in other international group exhibitions in 2012, including the Liverpool Biennale in 2014 and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel in 2013. She had solo exhibitions at the Grazer Kunstverein and Portikus in Frankfurt a. M. and in the Vienna Secession. Her work has also been presented at film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (2007). Judith Hopf is the first recipient of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Prize for 2014. Since 2008 she has been a professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt a. M. inside. The artist lives and works in Berlin.