The Event of a Thread | Das Ereignis eines Fadens

Heide Hinrichs

Heide Hinrichs (b. 1976) lives and works in Brussels. She currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she completed a two-year postgraduate program in 2006. She also studied at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. Following her solo exhibitions 'Borrowed Tails' at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010, and Echoes at the Heidelberger Kunstverein in 2012, she was awarded the Villa Romana Fellowship in 2013. In 2014, she was a fellow at the MMCA Seoul International Residency Program, where she worked on an ongoing long-term project 'silent sisters / stille schwestern', a translation in text and artworks, conducted in conversation with Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's book, DICTEE. Her artistic process is a search for an infinitive form of the object, in which concepts are mediated through materials, their histories, and their sensual qualities. She collects materials and transfers them towards a new identity. In her installations, motion is generated by relationships between objects, and between objects and viewers.

Heide Hinrichs, Semikörper (semibody), 2013 (3), video projection, panel of fabric, 7 cardboard boxes with small parts of leather, papier mâché, fabric, feathers and paper, projector; photo: Uwe Walther, © Heide Hinrichs
Heide Hinrichs, Semikörper (semibody), 2013 (1), video projection, panel of fabric, 7 cardboard boxes with small parts of leather, papier mâché, fabric, feathers and paper, projector; photo: Uwe Walther, © Heide Hinrichs
Heide Hinrichs, Semikörper (semibody), 2013 (2), video projection, panel of fabric, 7 cardboard boxes with small parts of leather, papier mâché, fabric, feathers and paper, projector; photo: Uwe Walther, © Heide Hinrichs
Semikörper (semibody), 2013, video projection, panel of fabric, cardboard boxes, leather, papier mâché, fabric, feathers, paper; photos: Uwe Walther, © Heide Hinrichs

Text, textiles, and buildings share a common linguistic past. A text originally refers to something woven. And fabrics are our bodies' nearest architecture. Heide Hinrichs works with found materials: they are simple and real, like blank linen and feathers. In collecting these materials, she brings them toward a new identity. In the work 'Semikörper', cardboard boxes hold templates of perceptive body parts, hands are seen on the screen. As if it was a semi-body furnished with senses. We feel a space in the making: at once a nomadic space, a language space, and a perceptual space. The work is in a state of motion, advancing to get in touch with us. Each individual spectator can inscribe this body of work with life and with communication.