Installation views gallery Sfeir-Semler






CHRISTIAN HAHN - born 1969 in Nürnberg, Germany - read more






SETAREH SHAHBAZI - was born in Tehran/Iran in 1978 and moved to Germany in 1985




09.03 – 06.05.2006

We are happy to invite you to the third solo exhibition of Christian Hahn in our gallery in Hamburg.
Christian Hahn (born 1969 in Nuremberg) participated in 2005 in : the exhibition “Geschichtenerzähler” in the Hamburger Kunsthalle , in "Fraktale" in the Palast der Republik-Berlin , in the Kunstmuseum Bonn and in the Kunstverein Dortmund; the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Essl collection, Vienna bought several paintings.

Christian Hahn´s paintings are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract. They are collages of persons, animals and things. His works relate to computer worlds, they are fictional, futuristic and surrealistic utopias.

He is interested in narrative and illusionistic aspects, which he emphasizes by the use of formal references to comic strips and media illustrations.His motives , the mixture of things that do not belong together as well as the choice of colours in his oil paintings reflect the zeitgeist, the present , the future... His paintings are optical suggestions that can be filled with meanings, although their visual and textual classification may not directly open up to the viewer. The pictures appear almost three-dimensional, but they don´t have a center or a clearly defined perspective. They are deconstructed and seem to drift outside the image border, than inside again; they strive to the middle of the earth or further to the outer space.

The newest paintings in our exhibition clearly show a development away from the subject of the fairy-tale to a more specified and realistic statement.

Oh, no, no ... - The Crystal Series
09.03. - 06.05.2006

We are very pleased to welcome you to the first solo exhibition of SETAREH SHABAZI in our gallery.

Setareh Shabazi was born in Teheran in 1978. In 1985 she moved with her parents to Germany. She studied media art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe and worked with a DAAD – grant in Lebanon for one year. In 2004 she had an exhibition in the Kunstverein in Karlsruhe and in 2005 her works were shown in the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

Setareh Shabazi paints with the computer. She creates pictures that tell a story and sometimes appear as they were taken from a child´s painting book. The artist finds her subjects in family photo albums and in her surrounding, but also in the Internet and in print products of all kinds. Her impressions from near and far and from east and west make up a big fund of requisites, which she uses to assemble her visual worlds. Her pictures provoke connotations, interrogations and irritations, because every viewer sees another story in them – his own story. The works of Setareh Shabazi are glowing with harmony and aspiration. They reflect the engrained longing for safety of a human being, who, due to his biography, had to leave the familiar for something new and weird many times…