Veronika Spierenburg, Aus-Hohlen
Veronika Spierenburg, Aus-Hohlen
This exhibition is an installation of two films by Veronika Spierenburg (b. 1981). Both films titled Aus-Hoolen, or “From Caves," place the viewer within a series of monastery caves in Georgia, looking out at framed landscapes from a still position.
Noguchi Museum
June 15, 2022 to October 02, 2022
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Exhibition details

Our experience of the first film is of remoteness and silence: with slight environmental sounds (a breeze whispering past a cave mouth) heightening the overall atmosphere of serenity. We are allowed to sample the spiritual power of isolation that presumably goes with a monk’s seclusion. The title Aus-Höhlen is a pun on the German verb “to hollow out”—a hint that perhaps withdrawal from society is not the simple solution it seems. In the second film, reusing most of the same footage, Spierenburg introduces voice-overs in which the viewer, still seated as if in meditation, hears unseen women—interviewed on the streets of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi—imagining their bodies as dwellings.

Artist details

Veronika Spierenburg (b. 1981, Switzerland) is a multimedia artist. She studied in Basel, Amsterdam, and London in her early years. Her work is strongly influenced by her travels in Japan, China, Brazil, Mexico, and Georgia. In 2022, she will be artist-in-resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.


The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, New York 11106

Image: Veronika Spierenburg, still from Aus-Höhlen, 2015. Courtesy of the artist