Jan-Hendrik Pelz | 02.08. – 10.09.2022 | documenta fifteen
“An Inner Place” at ruruHaus documenta fifteen
From 02 August to 10 September 2022, the project “An Inner Place” by Jan-Hendrik Pelz will be exhibited in the ruruHaus documenta fifteen in Kassel. For “An Inner Place”, Jan-Hendrik Pelz portrayed people who were forced to flee as a result of war or terror.
The individual oil paintings are joined together to form life-size picture objects, thus opening up the step from the surface into the space and thus, with the means of painting, arrive at a more comprehensive view of the people portrayed.
In cooperation with reception centres and facilities for refugees, the artist and over forty refugees worked together. “An Inner Place” shows the people who have arrived here and become part of our society and culture. The encounter with the painted people is also an invitation to engage with them. The people depicted appear relaxed, introverted and keep their eyes closed, creating a calm, concentrated atmosphere. “An Inner Place” refers to an inner space described in interviews, which harbours memories, longings and hopes and can also be used as a place of strength and retreat. In addition to the meaning of their actions, it also remains open what brought the portrayed together and what connects them.
Pelz himself comes from a family in which one parent came to Germany as an immigrant from Eastern Europe. The question of what influence flight and expulsion has on the individual, as well as over generations, has occupied the artist in his work for a long time.
ruruHaus documenta fifteen | Obere Königsstraße 43 | 34117 Kassel
Weitere Präsentationen “An Inner Place”:
30. April und 01. Mai 2022: Wagenhallen Stuttgart
21.10. bis 06.11.2022 | im Stadtpalais Stuttgart: | An Inner Place
01.10.2022 bis 22.01.2023 | Städtische Galerie Fruchthalle Rastatt: | Jan-Hendrik Pelz- An Inner Place
25.04. – 26.05.2023 | Rathaus Stuttgart: | Jan-Hendrik Pelz “An Inner Place”
25.06. – 10.09.2023: | Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen: | An Inner Place