Susan Hiller | Lost and Found

Apr. 18 - Aug. 8, 2021

Susan Hiller, Lost and Found, 2016, Videostill
Susan Hiller, Lost and Found, 2016, Single channel projection, with sound, Dimensions variable, 30 minutes, © Susan Hiller; Courtesy Lisson Gallery and the Estate of Susan Hiller.

Languages construct worlds. If they die out, so does the shared culture of their speakers. Alongside the exhibition by Camille Henrot, the work Lost and Found (2016) by the American artist Susan Hiller (1940–2019) will be shown.

Science and Emotion

Lost and Found is an audio collage of voices that recite anecdotes, songs, and memories in 23 different languages. The languages are extinct or nearly extinct, including Aramaic and Livonian. The recorded voices are accompanied by subtitles and an oscillating line that visualizes the sound waves. Viewers thus gain access to the different worlds of the speakers and are connected to them across time and space, through the physical experience of sound. In her works, Susan Hiller combines an archaeological approach with an interest in the collective subconscious and in a cultural memory that is expressed not least through language.

Hiller has been featured in numerous retrospectives at venues including Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK (2020); the Polygon, Vancouver, Canada (2018); Officine Grande Riparazioni, Turin, Italy (2018); Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA (2017); the Samstag Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France (2014); Tate Britain, London, UK (2011); Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2007); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2006); Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2004); ICA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (1998), and ICA, London, UK (1986).

Curator: Lea Altner

Learn more about Susan Hiller in the exhibition handout.

Installation Images

Susan Hiller, Lost and Found, Installation view, Photo: Raimund Zakowski


Susan Hiller, Lost and Found, 2016 (Excerpt), © Susan Hiller; Courtesy Lisson Gallery and The Estate of Susan Hiller

Digital Opening with Adam Budak, director, and Luise Wick, art education, of the exhibitions of Camille Henrot, Susan Hiller, Moyra Davey, Sharon Lockhart and Joseph Beuys / 100!

Reading an Discussion with Kübra Gümüşay about "Sprache und Sein" (In German)

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Goseriede 11, 30159 Hannover
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