press release

Heidrun Holzfeind
the time is now.
February 1 – March 31, 2019

For her exhibition the time is now. Heidrun Holzfeind has developed a new video installation about the Japanese shamanic improvisation duo IRO (Toshio and Shizuko Orimo). For the couple, who have worked together since 1981, their musical experimentation goes hand in hand with their activist involvement in the peace and anti-nuclear movement and a free-spirited way of life; they espouse an animist and pantheist weltanschauung and vehemently oppose modernity and commercialism in all its forms. For Holzfeind’s film project the duo performed in various locations of the Inter-University Seminar House in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, a unique example of modern architecture designed by Japanese architect and thinker Takamasa Yosizaka.

The question of how architecture works in everyday life and as a social space has long been the central concern in Heidrun Holzfeind’s films, photographs, and sculptures. Her art questions immanent architectural and social utopias and probes the boundaries between history and identity, between individual stories and the political narratives of the present. Combining extensive research with poetic charm, her projects investigate, say, the utopian promises of modernist buildings such as the Internationale Werkbundsiedlung housing complex in Vienna (forms in relation to life, 2014) and Mies van der Rohe’s residential towers in Newark (Colonnade Park, 2011); others explore the alternatives lifestyles of communities that reject consumerism and capitalism (Never Neverland, 2014; The Auroville Project, 2017–18, with Christoph Draeger). Holzfeind’s documentary approach seeks to make room for her interview partners’ personal stories and reflections and embed them in historical, political, and societal contexts.

Heidrun Holzfeind was born in Lienz in 1972 and lives and works in Umeå, Sweden.