an anthology of artists’ films and installations
February 26th, 2014
Mathilde ter Heine at SCHIRN
Mathilde ter Heijne
SCHIRN Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Every last Wednesday in the month the SCHIRN has acted as a forum for national and inter­na­tional film and video artists. In dialogue with the SCHIRN cura­tors, inter­na­tional artists offer in-depth insights into their work and, more espe­cially, into their filmic inter­ests. DOUBLE FEATURE was designed as a plat­form presenting the extremely varied trends and forms of creative expres­sion in the produc­tion of art films and for the juxta­po­si­tion of familiar and not so familiar posi­tions.

The analysis and expo­sure of patri­ar­chal patterns of thought and power in society consti­tute a central theme in Mathilde ter Heijne’s works. She more­over pursues ways of preserving the knowl­edge of social minori­ties and passing them on. The video Lament, Song for Transitions (2010), for example, was produced on the basis of a mourning work­shop orga­nized by the artist in Suomen­linna, Helsinki, Finland, where a profes­sional singer gave instruc­tion in dirge-singing. The combi­na­tion of song and weeping is a means of coping with bereave­ment prac­tised by women all over the world . Its purpose is to help over­come trau­matic expe­ri­ences, link the past with the present and pave the way to the future. Born in Stras­bourg in 1969, the Dutch video and instal­la­tion artist studied art at the Stad­sacad­emie, Maas­tricht and the Rijk­sacadmie Amsterdam. She has been teaching at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel since 2011.