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Book presentation Hanna Mattes: The Lunar System

Hanna Mattes: The Lunar System

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, German artist Hanna Mattes will present her new book, The Lunar System, at the PhotoQ Bookshop. Author and art historian Taco Hidde Bakker talks with her about her latest work.

Hanna Mattes (1980, Munich) works with various media, including photography, painting, video and performance. Since her bachelor’s degree at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2006 she has participated in many exhibitions at home and abroad, including in Kunsthaus Essen, the Amsterdam Museum of Photography Huis Marseille and gallery Belmacz in London. Her work was recently on display at the Amsterdam Fair for Photography Unseen. Hanna lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.

Mattes on her new book: ‘The Lunar System describes important relationships in my life: friendships, family relationships and love. It started as an innocent attempt to mythologize my life. It goes back to when I was a teenager and my friends and I gave each other nicknames connected to the planets and stars in our galaxy. I was the moon and my best friend the sun. We’re still turning around each other’s axes and my system grew over the course of my life. Yet I have never thought about it much and kept it mostly to myself; until I encountered the mythology of the Licanantai, the indigenous people who have lived in Chile’s Atacama desert for over 2,000 years. Their mythology revolves around the series of volcanoes that border the desert in the east. The sun and all the planets and stars are coming up. They also play a crucial role in mythology. It reminded me of my own system and I began to understand it as a mythology of my own.’

From 7 March to 18 April, part of Hanna Mattes’ new work will be on display at Galerie Lauwer in The Hague. More information: Three Pieces

Book presentation Hanna Mattes: The Lunar System
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30p – 7 p.m.
PhotoQ Bookshop
@World Press Photo House
Haarlemmerweg 4
1014BE Amsterdam

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