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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Berlin, 2023.
Blueback Billboard Poster.

The Regno di Nettuno is an 11.000-hectare marine reserve in the Gulf of Naples. The closed water surface gives no hint that beneath it is the Cuma Gorge, which is up to 1000 metres deep. The submarine canyon system is a habitat for large marine mammals whose populations are constantly being researched. The most important method is monitoring the marine animals with cameras and hydrophones. Being a research volunteer on a research ship I spent days trying to see dolphins or whales. In the moving and closed sea surface, the sea dwellers are very difficult to see. The non-visibility of the gigantic underwater space was impressive. So was the visual search that lasted for days. After my photographic work on the industrialised farming at night, to me the space of the deep sea is a very special landscape space in daylight.


Installation view, Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch, Wasserwand, curated by Uwe Jonas.


Installation view, Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch, Wasserwand, curated by Uwe Jonas.


Installation view, Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch, Wasserwand, curated by Uwe Jonas.