Kathrin Horsch – kurz bevor die Ferientage ihrem Ende entgegen gehen

17 February – 22 April 2007
Opening: Friday, 16 February 2007, 7.30 p.m.

Welcoming speech: Waltraut Steimke, executive director
Introduction: Stefanie Böttcher, artistic director

 A pear was still hanging today on the pear tree in the garden opposite; when the time came, it did not fall from the branch. That pear could be a model for me: I too would like to forget what I am waiting for.

(Wilhelm Genazino)


Kathrin Horsch explores states of waiting and expectation in her works. For this she uses various media – such as film and photography – as well as language and sounds. Her works seem like documentations of the everyday, sometimes even like social studies based on a kind of field work. This artist is particularly fascinated by ritualised everyday events and similar situations that constantly recur. Yet the different everyday events are not rigid patterns or frameworks. On the contrary, the juxtaposition of apparent irrelevancies heightens their beauty and diversity.

Horsch deliberately uses the moment of repetition in the situations and states she provokes. As a result, she produces and foments an expectation, a tension, both in the participants and the recipients. She awakens the longing for a resolution of the situation, and provokes curiosity about a particular happening. Yet the viewer is only presented with fragmentary, quasi-documentary segments which, by being linked in the installations, create a new, real situation and environment. In her renunciation of a progressive or dynamic development or a narrative thread within the works, and in the exaggeration of these everyday events Horsch brings out their sometimes humorous aspect and beauty. By a reduction to minimalist, only slightly varied dialogues, she imbues our habits and their manifestations with poetry.

The exhibition kurz bevor die Ferientage ihrem Ende entgegen gehen at the Künstlerhaus Bremen is the artist's first solo exhibition and will present works from recent years.


15 March 2007, 7 p.m. Hausbesuch # 7 Guided tour through the exhibition and the ateliers of Christian Helwing und Sandra Kuhne
19 April 2007, 7.30 p.m. Augenblicke der Aktualisierung Lecture by Mareike Teigeler, Soziologin

Guided tours: 22 February 2007, 7 p.m.; 8 March 2007, 7 p.m.; 29 March 2007, 7 p.m.; 12 April 2007,  7 p.m.