Place Hacking

Habitable Paintings for Refugees at Art Cologne


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On the occasion of the Art Cologne 2014 in Germany the German artist Hermann Josef Hack constructed on April 9 in the center of Cologne temporary emergency shelters with his large scale paintings. In the pedestrian zone of Cologne with more then 12.000 visitors in one hour he builded shelters, as they are known from African refugee camps.

The motifs of Hack’s pictures address the social consequences of global change. For over ten years he uses tarpaulins as canvas.

With his invention to use the painting as a real protection for people Hermann Josef Hack introduces a new form of image in the history of art. Further more this summer he will bring these habitable images into a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to use them there as cover materials for tents. He will create a direct connection to people who are going to use art of Hack as refugees shelter. In the summer Hack himself will work with the people in the camp and further develop the happening.


Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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