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Studio Voltaire presents a new commission by Judith Hopf, comprising of a series of sculptural works and films made specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition is artist's first solo show in a UK public gallery.

Hopf’s work focuses on how our social environments shape us, influence us, and by extension thereby exclude us from ourselves.Hopf uses a wide variety of techniques such as sculpture, installation, film and performance.In recent installations such asBambus/ Bamboo for Documenta 13, assembled from stacked drinking glasses balanced precariously from floor to ceiling, Hopf shows attention to our physical interrelation between objects and surroundings and towards the body’s movement through space. For Hopf, subjects of social and political experience and of representation must be understood in relation to one’s own body.

For her presentation at Studio Voltaire, Hopf will create an environment filled with sculptural works. In close narrative dialogue with these objects Hopf will develop a series of new video works, drawing on references to silent cinema and feminist film material from the suffragette era.

Hopf (German, 1969) is based in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2013), Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen (2013), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2012) and Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2012). Hopf participated in last year's Documenta (13), Kassel. Hopf is represented by Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna; Kaufmann Repetto, Milan and Croy Nielsen, Berlin.

This exhibition is a part of Not Our Class, Studio Voltaire's programme of commissions and education projects that through research and practice take the work of Jo Spence as a starting point for investigating the legacy and potentials of her work in relation to contemporary culture and life.

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Outset and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen With kind assistance from the Judith Hopf exhibition circle

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Judith Hopf