Klara Hobza
Diving Through Europe, 2010 –
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15

Klara Hobza’s project Diving Through Europe (2010–) quite literally documents the artist’s continental journey underwater, beginning at the North Sea and leading her in various stages through the Rhine, the Main and the Danube rivers to her final destination in the Black Sea. Hobza’s idiosyncratic and expansive practice, which often involves expeditions and excursions, is deadly serious and often dangerous, ambitious if not quixotic, and just slightly crazy. Hers are essentially lived projects, a way to engage with the world.

In Diving Through Europe, the logistics, dangers and physical challenges of swimming these waters reflect the geopolitical, historical and environmental realities of the landscapes she is crossing. The installation produced for BNLMTL 2014 is developed around her most recent dive, undertaken in Rotterdam in August 2014 and commissioned by the Biennale. The resulting video, and soundtrack composed by Klaus Janek, is presented alongside video documentation of her training sessions and previously completed dives, underwater photographs, sketches of her route, travel documents, dive-related objects and a sundry of collected materials.

That Hobza has conceived of a project that she expects will take decades to complete is testimony to her fierce determination, but also to a way of inscribing an artistic practice within lived time, and exhibitions as stops along the way.
–LJ

Diving Through Europe – The Map, 2010/2014, wall drawing plus emergency exit, dimensions variable (courtesy of the artist, Soy Capitán, Berlin and Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014)
Diving Through Europe – Immersion Series, 2014, single-channel video installation with sound, around 8 minutes, English, music: Klaus Janek (courtesy of the artist, Soy Capitán, Berlin and Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014)
Diving Through Europe – Immersion Series, 2014, single-channel video installation with sound, around 8 minutes, English, music: Klaus Janek (courtesy of the artist, Soy Capitán, Berlin and Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014)
Biography

Klara Hobza was born in Plzen, Czech Republic, in 1975, graduated from Columbia University, New York (MFA, 2005), and currently lives and works in Berlin. Hobza’s recent solo exhibitions include Der Totale Horror at Soy Capitán, Berlin (2013); Moving with Fervor into Moments of Levity at Kunstverein Springhornhof Neuenkirchen (2012); and Erste Anzeichen der Schwerelosigkeit at Künstlerhaus Schwankhalle, Bremen, Germany (2012). Her group shows include Emscherkunst.2013 at Dinslaken, Germany (2013); Labor/Laboratory at SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul (2011) and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2011); and Oceanomania: Souvenirs from a Mysterious Sea at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2011).

She has been awarded the SculptureCenter Prize (2005); a Fellowship in Cross-Disciplinary/Performative Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2007); the DIVA residency stipend in Copenhagen (2009); an “ars viva” grant from Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI (2010); the German Art Foundation’s exhibition and work stipend (2012); and a catalogue award from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, Germany (2012). Hobza’s first art book, The New Millennium Paper Airplane Book, was published by the Public Art Fund, New York (2009). Its second edition is currently distributed by D.A.P. Her comprehensive monograph Early Endeavors was published by Distanz, Berlin (2012). She is represented by Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, and Soy Capitán, Berlin.

www.klarahobza.com

Videos
BNLMTL 2014 - Klara Hobza's lecture