Angelika Rinnhofer will work at gallery for a week
Matteawan Gallery presents Angelika Rinnhofer: a priori from Jan. 25 until Jan. 31. The gallery will host a one-week residency for artist Angelika Rinnhofer. She will be in the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. each weekday, and noon to 6 p.m. on the weekend, and will transcribe interviews recorded with participants of her most recent project a priori.
For two years, Rinnhofer has been working on a priori with people who have, at some point, discovered their Jewish heritage. She collects narratives from these individuals whose curiosity and attempts to make sense of memories, stories, and facts eventually led to the disclosure of their ancestry. A priori, titled after Kant’s notion of valid knowledge independent of experience, is an art project focusing on the contemporary generations of Europeans and Americans who discover late in life this suppressed part of their heritage.
Considering the formal and repetitive aspect of a ritual, Rinnhofer will occupy the otherwise empty gallery space in the dark hours of winter to listen, write, and transcribe her participants’ interviews. She welcomes visitors.
A priori represents the first short-term residency that the gallery is hosting, and is itself a gallery experiment, which lays the groundwork for future performative acts.
Rinnhofer immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1995. She works primarily in photography, video, dance, and performance, but incorporates non-traditional art media such as baking and gaming into her practice. She currently lives in Beacon.