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Studio Voltaire opens Judith Hopf: Testing Time

Studio Voltaire present Judith Hopf: Testing Time an exhibition on view 12 October–14 December 2013. This exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in a UK public gallery.

Judith Hopf, Lily’s Laptop, 2013. Production still. Courtesy the artist and Kaufmann Repetto, Milan.
Judith Hopf, Lily’s Laptop, 2013. Production still. Courtesy the artist and Kaufmann Repetto, Milan.

Hopf’s work focuses on how our social environments shape us, influence us, and by extension thereby exclude us from ourselves. Hopf uses a wide variety of techniques such as sculpture, installation, film and performance, often engaging subjects and materials that can be found in the immediate environment.

Following on from her commission for Frieze Film, Some Ends of Things (2011), depicting an egg-person wandering around the hallways of a modernist building, Hopf’s new work will also take the architecture of a modernist home as its context. Here Hopf will recreate a narrative from the suffragette film Le Bateau de Léontine (1911) in which a girl is shown in the rebellious act of flooding her family home, sailing a toy boat in the floodwater, apparently oblivious to the resulting chaos around her. The pleasure taken in this rebellious action reinstates the power of the individual to open a gap in social hierarchy. Contrasting elements of a pristine modernist architecture and free-flowing water merge in the space of the film. Staging her work in a domestic environment Hopf powerfully conveys how emancipatory possibilities of desire and action may be pent up, waiting to brim over in the most everyday scenarios.

Hopf (b. 1969, German) is based in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013), Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen (2013), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2012) and Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2012). Hopf participated in last year’s dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel and is represented by Kaufmann Repetto, Milan.

This exhibition is a part of Not Our Class, Studio Voltaire’s programme of commissions and education projects that through research and practice take the work of Jo Spence as a starting point for investigating the legacy and potentials of her work in relation to contemporary culture.

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
With kind assistance from the Judith Hopf exhibition circle:
Louise Clarke, Peter Currie & Alex Zachary, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Valeria & Gregorio Napoleone, Stephan Tanbin Sastrawidjaja, Russell Tovey and Thea Westreich Wagner & Ethan Wagner.

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