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“Nose up!” is the title given by the artist Judith Hopf to her exhibition in the Badischer Kunstverein; it thereby marks an important point of reference for her new works.
In Nose up! the artist focuses with various media and forms of expression upon the phenomenon of the history of lying. One symbol frequently used in literature for lying is the human nose, whose incessant growth in length—as in the case of Pinocchio—or sudden fall from the face—as in the story “The Nose” by Nicolai W. Gogol—is evaluated as a sign of dishonesty, instability or the loss of control. Just as already in earlier projects, in “Nose up!” Judith Hopf is concerned with an investigation of widespread social conventions. The media which she uses here are video, sculpture and graphic art. Her focus is directed towards both the possibilities and the actual development of an oppositional potential.
Judith Hopf conceives of her artistic practice as part of a collective process. Many projects have been realized in collaboration with artists and theoreticians who are her friends. During the nineteen-nineties, Hopf organized the “supersalons” in Berlin, a program series with women from art and theory, film and fashion. Since 2003 she has created videos, together with the filmmaker Deborah Schamoni, under the name “Atelier Hopfmann.” Two of them, “Elevator Curator” (2005) and “Hospital Bone Dance” (2006), are being shown in the exhibition.