Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor: Ah humanity!

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Temporarily closed but still busy with exciting contents

Due to the current situation, caused by COVID-19, the Kunsthaus Hamburg will remain closed. Accordingly, the exhibition Ah humanity! cannot be opened.

But still: let’s stay in contact!

We are currently working on digital formats to provide insights into the exhibition and the work of the artists Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. We will announce the continuation of our program on all digital platforms.

Press events
Despite the current situation, we would like to give journalists access to the exhibition Ah humanity! For this purpose, you can register for individual appointments under presse@kunsthaushamburg.de

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

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.


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


Accompanying program

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

Artists’ conversation 
the date will be announced shortly
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
Monday/Tuesday, 18/19 Mai 2020, Doors open 7 pm, film starts at 8 pm
Further Information about reservation shortly on: www.kunsthaushamburg.de

Exhibition tour & panel discussion at the Warburg-Haus: Ethnographic techniques between film and art. Institutional perspectives
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.


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