Klara Hobza Interview: On Diving Through Europe

In her grand art endeavor ‘Diving Through Europe’, Berlin-based Klara Hobza investigates the boundaries of what is conceivable by diving the European rivers, stretching from the North Sea to the Black sea in the course of 20-30 years.

“There is no way you can prepare for something nobody has ultimately never done before.” The sense of throwing oneself into the impossible seems to draw a parallel to one of Hobza’s great inspirations, Werner Herzog, and his movie ‘Fitzcarraldo’ (1982), where the cast members dragged a steamship across a hill. Hobza’s grand endeavor has been planned to last 20-30 years before completion.

Follow Klara Hobza’s journey and learn more about the artist here: www.klarahobza.com

Klara Hobza (b.1975) is a Berlin-based artist, born in Plzen, Czech Republic. Hobza moved to New York as a DAAD fellow in 2002, and received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University in 2005. Among many other awards, Klara was awarded the SculptureCenterPrize in 2005, the Fellowship in Cross-Disciplinary/Performative Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2007, the 2009 DIVA residency stipend in Copenhagen, Denmark and the 2012 catalogue award by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung. She has been exhibiting internationally since 2001, and from 2011 the artist has been represented by Berlin-based gallery soy capitán.

Klara Hobza was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014.

Camera: Nikolaj Jungersen
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015

Supported by Nordea-fonden


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