Stephanie Hanna is a Berlin-based and -born visual artist. In her practice, she explores the somatic and cognitive experiencing of the world. She often invites the participation of a counterpart into the process of making new works, thus opening up plurifold perspectives. She works process-oriented and situation-specific in diverse media, such as audio, video and performance, as well as spatial and shifting installations of found and collected objects.
Between 1991 and 2003, she worked as scenographer, costume designer, lighting designer, prop maker, make-up artist and more in theatre productions in Germany, the Netherlands and Nicaragua.
During her Masters studies, „Art in Context“ at the University of the Arts in Berlin, she developed the participative art project „senior street art“, facilitating workshops and participative actions around graffiti and street art for people who are older than 50 years, with which she continued to work until 2012, receiving international recognition and media publications in Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, IlSole24Ori, Spiegel Online – international edition, Hemispheres – Blog and In-Flight Magazine of United Airlines and many others.
In the follow-up project, she focussed on the relational aspect of this work. Between 2013 and 2015, Stephanie collected advice for a good life in brief and coincidental street encounters in Berlin – Neukölln, Wedding and Marzahn, and in Görlitz (South-Eastern Germany). At each interval, this collection has been presented site-specifically, either in audio installations or in performative street writing.
From 2011 until 2018, Stephanie realized unannounced performances and shifting installations in a 60 square meter department store window at the street corner Donau Ecke Ganghofer in Berlin, Neukölln. Every working stage and every artistic decision was immediately visible for passer-bys, and poly-perspectives were the everyday reality. Next to developing her own practice site- and situation-specifically in that space, she invited international visual and performing artists to develop and exhibit works in that corner window, offering her practical artistic views on the space, namely shiftings and transitionings, as a curatorial proposal.
In 2017, she wrote „a depowerment manifesto“, an unfinished published book which lead to an ongoing research into artistic attitudes and practices to fairly rebalance the world. Specifically rethinking power relations through artistic, social and somatic practices, it will be revised for possible future editions.
2005 – 2012 developing the participative art project senior street art:
Facilitating workshops and participative actions around graffiti and street art for people above 50 years, taking place at institutions such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Autostadt Wolfsburg, ibk kubia at Akademie Remscheid as well as in diverse cultural centers for senior citizen and (or!) youth in Kreuzberg. Media publications in Die Zeit, art – das Kunstmagazin, de:bug, 3Sat / ZDF Kultur, IlSole24Ori weekend edition, Spiegel Online – international edition, Hemispheres – Blog and In-Flight Magazine of United Airlines and many more.
2013-2015 The Wise and the Ways, audio collection of advice for a good life, collected in the streets of Berlin – Neukölln, Wedding and Marzahn, and in Görlitz. Possibly ongoing. Shown respectively installed site-specifically in Haus am Kleistpark (collective / Tempelhofer Kunstpreis 2016), Zukunftsvisionen Festival Görlitz (2015), Galerie M (Temporäre Kunstprojekte Marzahner Promenade, 2014), OKK (2013) and Labor: Urbanes Altern /48 Stunden Neukölln (2013).
2011-2018 unannounced performances in the department store window Donau Ecke Ganghofer in Berlin, Neukölln. Improvising spatial installations with every artistic decision being immediately visible for passer-bys. Shifting constellations of objects and their possible meanings. see www.donaugang.wordpress.com
Since 2017, depowering explorations, a collective artistic research about rethinking power relations through social and somatic practices.