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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Kulisse II.
Eckernförde, 2013.
Installation. Plywood, paper, cardboard, acrylic paint, pencil, fiber pen, song lyrics, chairs.

Kulisse III.
Berlin-Lichtenberg, 2013.
Installation. Plywood, acrylic paint, laths, cords, pegs.

Kulisse II

I paint backdrops of furnishing elements of former uses of the building, which I found in old photos or was told about. I installed the backdrops in the building with reference to their former use. The building and its uses: since 1998 otte 1 – Schleswig-Holstein artists’ house, 1977 – 1983 DRK with clothing store, ca. 1975 – 1986 senior citizens’ meeting place with dance and song, 1895 – 1955 Eckernförder Kreditbank, (1895 move into the new building).


Kulisse II im Künstlerhaus otte 1 – Eckernförde 2013


Kulisse II im Künstlerhaus otte 1 – Eckernförde 2013


Kulisse II im Künstlerhaus otte 1 – Eckernförde 2013


Kulisse II im Künstlerhaus otte 1 – Eckernförde 2013

Kulisse III.

Rummelsburg Bay is a highly developed area in terms of urban development. On the northeast side, luxury living is offered in newly built townhouses. The shore was renaturalized, a biotope was created and fenced along the shore path. In this waterside I put the painted scenery of a temple. A vacation photo taken by my grandmother from Nepal in the 1970s is the template. The temple is slowly decaying, withered plants entwine around its head, it stands there abandoned.


Rummelsburg 2013


Rummelsburg 2013


Sighting the collection of travel photos from my grandmother.


Die Kunst der Intervention III rk – Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin 2014.