"A Room for One´s Own" Katrin Bittl, Neleka, Lilian Robl, Kuratorin Hanna Banholzer

Hanna Banholzer (*1993) studied cultural education, art theory and curatorial studies in Monchengladbach, Linz and Zurich. In 2019, she completed a one-year internship at the exhibition spacePLATFORM in Munich, which led to her project "Hotspots of Art" to make non-institutional art spaces and offspaces in Munich visible. She then worked independently for the Maximiliansforum and Kunstclub13 e.V., among others. Since the beginning of2022 , she has been working at the Kunstmuseum Basel as a research assistant in the Education and Mediation Department, where she helps to conceptualise and organise the educational programme.

Katrin Bittl (*1994) lives and works in Dachau and studied in Prof. Pitz's class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich until 2023. In her work, she deals with society's ideal images and ideas of norms. She examines her own body as a woman with a disability through video, performance and animation. Intimate spaces are created through private objects and pieces of furniture, which are included in installations and underline her biographical work. Social structures are questioned when she locates her own body in the plant world and raises questions about the concept of care, care work and the family. In drawing and painting, she explores body formations that are manipulated and deconstructed by scaling them, painting over them or placing them in new contexts. She is also a freelance writer on the topics of intersectionality of women with disabilities, art and inclusion.

Nele Ka (*2368 in SAO-21846 Cassiopeiae) is part of an unknown species - the Transplanetarians.Transplanetarians travel solar systems to explore the cause of transient existence. They prefer loving non-linear relationships between their own kind and other species.Nele Ka has been stationed on the blue planet for a few years. The research mission: to track down a variable of universality within global disparities. To examine the connections between mortality, time and transience using various methods and materials. 

Lilian Robl (*1990) studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and Ecole de recherche graphique Brussels and graduated in 2019 as a master student of Prof. Alexandra Bircken. She also holds a bachelor's degree in art history and literary studies. She has given interdisciplinary lectures at the Klassikstiftung Weimar, theLeuphana University Lüneburg and the Richard Strauss Institute, among others. Since 2022, she has formed the artist-curator collective Crying Curators with LeontineKöhn. She was a scholarship holder at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst in 2017. Last year, she was awarded the Bundesstipendium ander Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. Lilian Robl lives and works in Munich and Paris.

A Room for One's Own

On feminist appropriation of space and creative free spaces.

22 April - 17 May 2023

Almost 100 years ago, Virginia Woolf published her feminist manifesto A Room for One's

Own, in which she called for more writing studios for women in 1929. This demand was

with the conviction that women were entitled to freedom for their own creative and intellectual activities.

and intellectual activities. Woolf thus interpreted the interior space, which in patriarchal

patriarchal systems as a classically female place of domesticity. Rather

rather, she interpreted it as a resource in its function as a workplace, place of retreat and shelter,

which is a condition for emancipatory and creative processes.

The exhibition A Room for One's Own, curated by Hanna Banholzer, takes this idea as a starting point and presents works by artists.

and presents works by artists who question spatial power structures in different ways.

question spatial power structures. How much space do which figures take up in the

in the stories we tell and what roles are assigned to them? How

do authors assert themselves in a male-dominated literary landscape? At what points

and in what ways are women* present in public space? What attributions and

and expectations society still has of them in terms of appearance, behaviour and the body that is

the body read as female?

Katrin Bittl Cranes, 2022 Video performance, 3:21 Two cranes.

Two naked women. A footbridge. In the video work Cranes, the artist Katrin Bittl, in collaboration with Saioa Alvarez Ruiz, shows herself at her best: smoking, naked, in the middle of an industrial setting. On a footbridge stands an aid that is otherwise only used in private spaces: the lift, a kind of crane. Bittl sits in it, as if in a hammock, surrounded by nature as well as heavy machinery. Her gaze is directed towards the water, where sun, wind and clouds play uncontrollably around the scenery. Created in collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer as part of the #TakeHeart Residency, supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR and the Schleiakademie. With the support of Ann-Reb Thomas, Isabelle Willberger and Julia Dengler.

Nele Ka

HELLO P.R. MY OLD FRIEND, 2023 Perry Rhodan Magazine, drawings, foils, cable ties, metal mesh, various found objects
To this day, the story of the title character Perry Rhodan, which was published in magazines from the early 1960s onwards, is one of the most extensive science fiction sagas in the world. For a long time, female protagonists were underrepresented in the scene or served as fan figures.In HELLO P.R. MY OLD FRIEND, Nele Ka takes an exploratory look at how or who tells stories and points to recurring forms of storytelling that often prove to be collections of imperial archetypal protagonists. Nele Ka adds other and new narratives to the bundles of Perry Rhodan magazines in the process of perpetuation. Between the pages are quick drawings of alien beings. Slides with text excerpts from fan forums expand the narrative with new layers of commentary on gender relations. Digital scans provide insight into the bundles. Are the utopias and dystopias of the 60s already coming true today?

Lilian Robl

Is writing female?, 2021 Video installation, 11 min 16 sec
In the video installation Is writing female? Lilian Robl explores, among other things, the question of how the literary world functions differently for non-male readers and whether there is such a thing as female* writing at all. While the camera follows a girl through her nursery, her actions are accompanied by an auditory collage of various text fragments. Virginia Woolf's A Room for One's Own forms the initial text with which the voice-over begins. It is followed by further voices of authors up to the present day, which finally deal with questions of queer writing.