Exhibition view
Exhibition view 
‘Confab Window’

14/10/2023 - 13/11/2023


Interior ou interiority ? 
From October 14 to November 4, 2023, HATCH brings together artists Olivia Bax (born in 1988, lives and works in London) and Veronika Hilger (born in 1981, lives and works in Munich) for a duo show curated by Thomas Conchou. Initiated by Margot de Rochebouët and Giovanna Traversa, the two artists engaged in a sustained dialogue throughout 2023 around their artistic practices. A sculptor and a painter, they discovered numerous shared interests, including a determined and vigorous use of color. Olivia Bax's Boo-Boo (2021) and Veronika Hilger's 8 untitled (2023), placed in conversation at the entrance of the gallery space, testify to their commitment to a powerful chromatic palette. Along with 6 untitled (2023), they introduce the exhibition as a dynamic conversation between the artists and their mediums. These works alone embody the intentions of 'Confab Window': to create an evocative and inhabited landscape that invites the viewer to wander and introspect. 
Within the context of this collaboration, the concepts of threshold, boundary, and passage (of place, state, or emotion) have particularly captivated the artists. The exhibition explores several questions raised in the book 'Interiors and Interiority', edited by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Beate Söntgen and published in 2015. The two authors, also engaged in a conversation between Germanophone and Anglophone spaces, wonder how we began to conceive subjectivity as an internal element within the body and psyche? From literature as an autobiographical form to the pictorial tradition of Flemish painting, from the study of bourgeois domestic interiors of the 18th century to the psychoanalytic model, they trace genealogies in Western thought to understand how the idea of 'interior' became attached to the perception of self.