Veddel Calling! ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS Hamburg
Exhibition: December 10, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Opening: December 9, 6 PM
HYCP Veddel Space
Sieldeich 36, 20539 Hamburg
Opening hours: Thursday & Friday: 4 – 8 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 2 – 6 PM
Closed on 24 – 26 December and 31 December – 01 January 2023
How are our judgements about art affected by our knowledge of the artist’s name and background? How is the value of a drawing determined? Where is the border between art and non-art?
ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS HAMBURG at Kunstraum HyCP Veddel Space features 150 drawings by 150 anonymous artists from the Metropolregion Hamburg, presented with no mention of authorship or title and offered for sale at a symbolic price of 250€. The identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is sold: Sold drawings will be taken right off the wall at the closing event on January 14. The empty space left behind will be marked with the artist‘s full name and place of origin. The given unit sales price should not be seen as a real market price, but as a conceptual place holder for any conceivable amount of money in the art market. The exhibition was preceded by an open online-call for submissions, eligible for all people from Metropolregion Hamburg. There were no guidelines specifying content; the only requirement was that the drawings are no bigger than A3. Age, biography or gender will not be requested to be disclosed and do not play any role in the final selection of works. The selection will be made on the basis of anonymized image files. The participation was free of charge.
ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS is conceptual art and exhibition project all in one: Each and every artist becomes part of a collective work of art where hierarchies are entirely absent. Anonymous Drawings was founded in 2006 by the Berlin artist Anke Becker. Since the founding year, the project has been a guest in numerous exhibition spaces in and outside Germany.