Katrin Plavcak, Human or Other, Exhibition view, Secession 2009, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

Katrin Plavcak

Human or Other

February 20 – April 13, 2009

The predominant subject of the exhibition Human or Other by Katrin Plavcak in the main room of the Secession is the conquest of new spaces and the concomitant conceptions and fantasies of the other. The specially developed works include, in addition to numerous painted pictures, a series of moving objects, an outdoor work, and the video No New Colonies in cooperation with Johanna Kirsch, a music clip for the two artists’ song of the same name.

Contrary to the presumptions inherent in painting and its history in the twentieth century, often claimed to have ended, Katrin Plavcak works towards removing the boundaries of the medium. On the one hand she keeps painting open towards the mediatised environment, on the other she develops space-dominating pictorial concepts by means of juxtaposition and contrast, increasingly expanding painting into the realm of sculpture.


Katrin Plavcak, born in Gütersloh in 1970, lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.