Bärbel Praun (b.1978, Germany) studied photography and lives everywhere yet nowhere (currently somewhere between The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland). Her work has been shown internationally, most recently in Aarhus, at Fotopub in Slovenia and Ostrava Photo in Czech Republic. Artist in Residencies in Vienna (AT) and Clervaux (LUX) in 2012, Jakobstad (FIN) in 2013, Klaipeda (LT) in 2014, Stein am Rhein (CH) in 2015, in Portugal (The Independent AIR) in 2016/2017 and in the Netherlands (ARE Holland) in 2017.
Praun self-published her book ‚this must be the place‘ in 2015, a personal exploration of land, place and the concept of home; it was exhibited internationally. Her current body of work focusing on plastic and waste, consumerism and value, developed within various media like sculpture, photography, writing and performance.
Project for EC1 24H CPH
Time seems to be a constant, eternal and absolute matter and at the same time a floating, fragile and failing one. In their exhibition Bärbel Praun and Miriam Hamann deal with the abstract component of time, its measurability and arbitrariness. They wish to understand time as an indefinite continued progress in their works as well as to grasp an unimaginable, though definite period of time.
In an everlasting performative act Bärbel Praun will build sculptures out of found objects and garbage, each one of them within a limited timeframe, lasting temporary and in a transformative process. Coincidences and failure will be included and welcomed. Exhibited photographs will be evidences, documenting this short moment of balance and fragility within the built sculptures. Alongside to this performative approach, Miriam Hamann’s works refer to representation and measurability of time. In a sound installation she includes the dependence of some clocks on the electrical network frequency whereas in her second work she investigates the precisely defined SI second as well as the leap second used for the synchronization of coordinated world time and solar time.