Hanna Mattes was born in Germany in 1980. Since finishing her studies at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2006 (B.F.A.), where she was nominated for the Rietveld Price and Art Olive Price for young artists with her exam work, she has joined numerous exhibitions in The Netherlands and Germany. Those include two recent solo shows in The Centre for Photography, Amsterdam and Gallery Mathias Kampl in Munich, as well as a group show in Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam in 2010. She was granted stipends by: Kulturbehörde Hamburg, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds and Fonds BKVB. She currently lives in Berlin and Amsterdam.
With her photographs, Mattes researches the influence of film to society. Her photographs are staged. She builds complex sets in her studio or finds sets outside, as for example in Los Angeles. There she photographed places that are easily recognizable because of their regular appearance in popular movies. With these pictures she alludes to our collective perception. Her mise-en-scène always gives an insight in the making: Mattes is at the same time photographer, stage designer, actress and director of her work. She approaches film history, and film psychology.
During her residency on Governors Island, Mattes will be working on a new series of staged photographs that deal with the recognizability of the city as a movie set.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist