Petra Spielhagen is a Berlin-based artist who focuses on the interwoven moments between everyday life and the staged. Her output spans three main areas:

Petra Spielhagen is occupied with images of everyday situations in public space, in the landscape and on travels. In particular, she is interested in how sets and scenes for a possible event are emerging in our increasingly staged reality.

She uses photographs and typical resources of the theater to isolate an element from a spatial or temporal context and insert it as a photograph or painted backdrop in another place.

For presentation, she adopts formats and displays of everyday contexts such as advertising. In participatory actions, passers-by are involved. They get a photo of themselves in front of a backdrop or exchange a story for a photo of a place.

Petra lives and works in Berlin, studied free art and stage design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Among other things, she exhibited at the Festival of Regions, Linz, Austria, in the NGBK, Berlin; at the DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Marseille, France, at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin. 

She has received the following prizes and grants, among others: research grant, global grant from the Berlin Senate for Rotterdam, Otte 1 künstlerhaus Eckernförde, Schöppingen Artists’ Village Foundation, Goldrausch female artists’ project, Berlin; Project grant, DA, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst; Artist Residency, Cannes, France; Hotel Neustadt, Festival, Halle-Neustadt, project funding from the Senate for Science, Research and Culture, Berlin; First prize in the art competition of the Max Planck Society/realization of the Wandering Light Field for the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin.


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Heinrich’s Backyard

Berlin, 2019.
Proposal for an Invited competition at Nöldnerplatz, awarding authority: Bezirksamt Lichtenberg.
Three movable sculptures hanging, three sculptures on the ground, resin, foundations, base plates, tubular steel structure.

The project refers to two characteristics of the neighbourhood: the listed residential courtyards in the style of the New Building of the 1920s and Heinrich Zille’s themes of housing shortage and poverty. Zille lived in five different flats in the Nöldnerkiez from 1873 to 1892. The empty grass platforms of the square are given a symbolic use, elevated and enlivened by a typical everyday element: the laundry. The proposal is inspired by Heinrich Zille’s street photographs and the use of the park-like courtyards with plenty of light and greenery.


Modell 1:100 Schattenwurf der hängenden Skulpturen.


Modell 1:10.


Man Ray Sich bewegende Skulptur oder Frankreich, 1920 links und Gustave Caillebotte - Linge sechant, Petit Gennevilliers 1888 rechts.


Pappelhof, Zachertstraße / Ribbecker Straße, 1928–1931 von Jacobus Goettel geplant.


Montage Nöldnerplatz, Modell 1:100.