Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor: Ah humanity!

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Welcome back!

Since May 7 2020 the Kunsthaus Hamburg is open again for visitors. For your visit please follow these advices.

The trailers of the movies somniloquies, 2017 and Caniba, 2018 are available in our Media Library.
Caniba is the cinema version of the two-part installation Commensal, 2017, which is part of the exhibition at Kunsthaus Hamburg.

You can download our exhibition brochure here.

Here you can find a documentation of the exhibition.

Heinz Peter Schwefel for Art magazin (4_2017) about the films of Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Download here.

Click here for a virtual exhibition tour through Ah humanity!

Digital Sneak Peak
Monday, 23 March 2020, 7 pm
Live on Instagram: @kunsthaushamburg

The Kunsthaus Hamburg presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor in Germany.

In their impressive works the two filmmakers bridge the classical film genre, their interest in anthropological themes and the visual arts. At the centre of their attention is the visual experiment; stretching beyond convention and linear viewing habits, they explore expanded possibilities of the medium. Other than regular documentaries, their films are nuanced and multifaceted observations of the human condition.

In their work Paravel/Castaing-Taylor analyse the human being from complex perspectives, with all given social and psychological motivations, as a part of a community, along with the consequences of human activity on our planet. The exhibition Ah humanity! brings together films that deal with non-conformism and the absurdity of human behaviour. In a present in which only the countless environmental disasters have plainly revealed the severe implications caused by the economization of our living environment, Paravels/Castaing-Taylors’ radical film language calls upon us to pause, to think, rethink and to act.

Curated by Anna Nowak


Taking into account the COVID-19 development, we inform you if the following accompanying events take place, have to be postponed or cancelled:

Guided tour with the curator 
Sunday, June 21 2020, 3 pm (tbc)

Artists’ conversation 
This event is cancelled until further notice.
Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Anja Dreschke (Moderation)

In cooperation with Warburg-Haus, Hamburg: 

Flexibles Flimmern: Screening of the film Leviathan, 2012 at the Warburg-Haus
This event will be postponed to the second half of the year.

Exhibition tour & panel discussion at the Warburg-Haus: Ethnographic techniques between film and art. Institutional perspectives
This event had to be cancelled.
Panel discussion with, among others, Anselm Franke (Head of Visual Arts and Film, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin), Anna Nowak (Kunsthaus Hamburg, curator of the exhibition), Moderation: Leena Crasemann & Benjamin Fellmann (Warburg-Haus Hamburg)

With the kind support of the Bureau des arts plastiques | Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture / cooperation partners:

Photo 1: Véréna Paravel / Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Ah humanity!, 2015, film still Courtesy: Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & LUX, London
Photo 2-7: Ah humanity!, Installationview, Kunsthaus Hamburg 2020, photo: Hayo Heye