Susanne Pittroff, Marta Smolińska

17 Dec 21

Gasteig HP8

An old-looking mailbox in front of a meadow, to which a parcel is tied.

Tuchfühlung, 2021 © Foto: Elżbieta Jabłońska, Dobrcz

During the first lockdown, Susanne Pittroff sends cotton sheets across the then closed borders with the request to use them, work with them and then send them back.

Susanne Pittroff’s art action is triggered by the border closures to neighbouring countries during the first Corona-lockdown and the idea of using the medium of “fabric” to overcome borders: international and interpersonal.

A white cloth, used in the hotel industry as table or bed linen, goes on a journey. It is sent by post to artists in Berlin and Poland with the idea of ​​integrating this sheet into their everyday life, either simply using it and capturing traces of the environment, or artistically processing it.

The individual treatment is filmed or photographed by the artists. Some cloths come back seemingly unchanged, for example, they served as a prop for an action. Others are exposed to nature and show visible traces. Some also use the cloth as an image carrier. The medium of cloth provides diverse, sometimes surprisingly intimate insights into ways of thinking and living.

The returned cloths are exhibited at Gasteig HP8. Films made during the campaign are also shown.
A book with detailed documentation of the project and texts by Prof. Marta Smolińska, Dr. Patrycja Cembrzyńska and Mareike Schwarz is published by icon Verlag.

A project by
Susanne Pittroff, curatorially accompanied by Marta Smolińska

Paweł Matyszewski, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Justyna Balisz-Schmelz, Basia Bańda, Patrycja Cembrzyńska, Diana Lelonek, Justyna Balisz-Schmelz, Małgorzata Wielek-Mandrela, Piotr C. Kowalski, Urszula Kluz-Knopek, Anne Peschken und Marek Pisarsky, Izabela Chamczyk, Gruppe Frakcja aus Łódź, Endmöräne e. V., Berlin/ Brandenburg

Susanne Pittroff, born in 1959 in Munich, lives and works in Munich and Berlin.

An old-looking mailbox in front of a meadow, to which a parcel is tied.
An art project that overcomes spatial distances © Foto: Elżbieta Jabłońska, Dobrcz


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