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Klara Hobza - You came here for the killing, didn't you?

September 8 - November 12, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

Klara Hobza, You came here for the killing, didn't you?, installation view, Waldburger Wouters, 2016

"You came here for the killing, didn't you?" These were the words with which Klara was greeted by M. when she arrived at her travel destination, a remote, small place in Sweden. And yes indeed, she came for the killing of sheep. M. was right. Klara has met M. already several times and she was deeply impressed by his attitude towards nature and his skills in coping with nature. M. was taught by what he calls "stubborn old farmers" and he spent a considerable reclusive period in Siberia, where he stayed with people who followed a traditional life - as humans before have been living for thousands of years. M. always carries a knife with him, the knife sticks out of a sleeve, attached to the side of his belt. Klara immediately grasped that this knife was also the instrument to slaughter animals and she wanted to witness such a slaughtering. She wanted to see and understand in what way M., who is deeply connected and respectful to nature, was killing an animal that provides him and his family with food.

Based on the encounter with M., Klara Hobza's has been engaged in a study of nature and a portrait of humans within nature. She is investigating how humans and animals act and interrelate with nature and she is particularly fascinated by humans who react in their own way towards nature, showing imagination, humour and fantasy in their relation to nature.

For her artistic endeavour, Klara Hobza chose different media, including video, photo and drawing, which all feature in her solo show at Waldburger Wouters. Each media allows for a different approach and shows different aspects of Klara Hobza's study of nature. While carefully observing M. and learning from his knowledge and skills, Klara discovered that the traditional method of nature study drawing would be a highly apt medium. It is through the process of nature study drawing that the artist was able to gain access to fundamental understanding of what she has been shown.

Klara Hobza was born in Plzen (Czech Republic) in 1975 and currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Munich Art Academy and at the Columbia University in New York. Klara Hobza has received numerous prizes and grants, including a residency grant at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris and the prestigious ars viva grant. Her work has been included in a large number of international exhibitions, including shows at the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Moderna Museet in Sweden, the Jane Lombard Gallery in New York and the Montréal Biennale. Klara Hobza's work has been reviewed in the New York Times, in Artforum and Frieze Magazine among many others.

After "The Great Entry" in 2014, "You came here for a killing, didn't you?" is Klara Hobza's second solo show at Waldburger Wouters in Brussels.

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