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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(Smoke signal)
Dessau 2017, Berlin 2019.
Multi-part photoseries, fine art pigment-prints on archival paper, installation for display case,
artists book, tiny people igurines, books, copy.
Variable sizes, backdrop 280×330cm.

A picturial backdrop is set up and photographed at various locations in the city of Dessau. The painting’s motif — a smoking volcano — refers to the Dessau-Wörlitzer Gartenreich and represents a staffage building on a reduced scale.

On Insel-Stein there is an artificial replica of Vesuvius, that was visited by Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz von Anhalt-Dessau on his study trips to Naples. He had man-made Stein Island as part of his picture program for the landscape park in the years 1788-1794.


Park Werder Anlagen, in the back: German Environment Agency, Dessau-Roßlau, October 2017


Schillerpark - Schillerstraße, Dessau-Roßlau, Oktober 2017


Raguhner Straße, Dessau-Roßlau, September 2017


Triftweg, Dessau-Roßlau, September 2017


Artist book, Berlin 2019


Installation, display case version, Foyer Palais Dietrich, Anhaltische Landesbücherei, Dessau-Roßlau 2018


Display case version, Foyer Palais Dietrich, Anhaltische Landesbücherei, Dessau-Roßlau 2018


Display case version, Foyer Palais Dietrich, Anhaltische Landesbücherei, Dessau-Roßlau 2018