I have always loved Hanna Putz‘s photographs. I admire her play on the female form and the way she celebrates its existence, so I was excited to find this; a little insight to the lady who makes these beautiful images.
Today she spends most of her time in London, where she has settled down for the time being. Her little house moves with shadows and light, and the occasional dinner party. A calm respite by London standards, the house has its very own garden and is just a quick hop step and a jump away from the lush green Victoria Park.
An autodidact, Hanna’s outstanding talent and photographic eye have established her as a name in the field of contemporary art. Producing figurative portraits, she works her subjects like sculptures and explores the notion of authenticity and what it means to be yourself through her images. Interested in conveying moments that defy our culture of ubiquitous self-awareness, she explores the notion of authenticity and consciously works with colors as important elements within every image.
“In the Summer we like to grill or cook with friends. Either we are in our small garden or in Victoria Park. If friends come by at night during the summer, we often sit with ten people at our long wooden table in the garden. Candles, great food, and wine are all part of the experience. These moments are the ‘favorite pieces’ within the house. A while back we bought a video beamer in order to paralyze our addiction to ‘The Wire.’”
Which films have inspired you in the recent years?
I appreciate the films of Aki Kaurismäki. Especially ‘Le Havre.’ ‘I am Love‘ with Tilda Swinton is also an amazing film. My Dad recently gave me Chris Marker’s ‘Sans Soleil,’ which is simply beautiful. It used to be my parents’ favorite film.
Which book are sitting on your nightstand right now?
Boris Groys’ “Die Kunst des Denkens” (The Art of Thinking), and “Martin Kippenberger. Wie es wirklich war – Am Beispiel Lyrik und Prose” ( Martin Kippenberger – How it Really Was. Poetry and Prose) by Diedrich Dietrichsen.
What would you say are your weaknesses?
I am very impatient. I have difficulties to concentrate for a long time. I am often disproportionately emotional. I also have to say that I love sleeping and very much enjoy to sometimes not do anything. – Which isn’t really a weakness, right?