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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Land (Kreis Borken)

Land (District of Borken)
Schöppingen, 2013.
Fine Art Pigment-Prints on archival paper. Selection of five photographs from a multi-part series.
40×60cm and 60×90cm.

Schöppingen is a community of 8000 inhabitants in the western Münsterland, NRW. With the intensification and rationalization of agriculture, a structural change has taken place, the landscape has changed and is still changing. I accompanied the drivers of the agricultural machines, which drive over the fields at night like UFOs, and followed the corn cultivation from planting to harvesting. The maize is processed into cattle feed or into energy in the biogas plant.


Installation Galerie Historischer Keller, Berlin, 2020.


Installation Galerie Historischer Keller, Berlin, 2020.
Photograph: An Seebach.


Installation Galerie Historischer Keller, Berlin, 2020.
Photograph: An Seebach.