Heidrun Holzfeind

the time is now

01 Feb - 31 Mar 2019

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

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.

For her exhibition at the Secession, Holzfeind is working on 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. Holzfeind interlaces their music and philosophy with the ideas set in stone in Takamasa Yosizaka’s Inter-University Seminar House (1965) in Hachioji, Tokyo.

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