In her participatory art project How Does It Feel?, artist Hannah Santana invites patients to customize and paint on hospital gowns; using them as a canvas to express their emotions. SomoS is proud to present a selection of the works.
Carla Steinbrecher – Christine – Elisabeth – Elisabeth W. – Elke – Evita Emersleben – Fabian – Gunda – Insa Pape – Johanna – Johanna Wildhagen – Kathrin Stalder – Lea Berndl – Marion – Michaela Marcian – Nina Romming – Norma Ingenfeld – Raphael – Sigrid + 5 anonymous participants
Artist and performer Hannah Santana initiated the participatory art project How does it feel? in February 2019, looking on social media for prospective participants among patients currently suffering from an illness or people that have been recently in treatment. The 24 participants who accepted her invitation – consisting of 21 women and 3 men between 19 and 77 years old from Germany and Switzerland – received a plain patient hospital gown, which they then inscribed and processed with thoughts about their experiences.
The focus of this project is not on a specific disease or disease itself, but on the human being and their world of thoughts, first as an individual and then as a collective. The process of using the patient gown as a medium allowed the participants to externalize their inner states, thoughts and experiences, resulting also in the possibility of allowing others to enter their secluded and emotional spaces. Within this process, the gowns were alienated from their original purpose, becoming a canvas for the articulation of inner feelings; an open and non-judgemental space for self-expression.
The dedication that these current or former patients have put in the personalization of the gown stands in strong contrast with the common standards of hospital care. The handwriting, the thoughts and words of the patients transform the gowns and give a voice to the invisible traces of the everyday life of disease.
About Hannah Santana:
Hannah Santana is a Portuguese-German artist, performer, mediator, and researcher. Her background is within the fields of art and art therapy. Since 2018 Santana has been imparting collaborative performance workshops in the capacity of tutor and research assistant at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Ottersberg, following the university’s focus on the “Artistic Interventions in Prevention and Health Promotion.” Hannah is currently enrolled in the MA program “Spatial Strategies” at Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin. Here she is continuing her research on art interventions in both public and private spaces, pursuing her participatory projects on the topic of care, using art as a space for genuine communication and inquiry.
Due to the restrictions around COVID-19 and social gatherings, we will not be hosting a public opening for the exhibition. We ask that visitors to the gallery adhere to the guidelines on social distancing, by wearing a mask and keeping the recommended distance of 1.5m.
How does it Feel?, a participatory art project by Hannah Santana.
Duration: July 28th – August 15th, 2020, Tuesday-Saturday 2-7 pm, entry free.
SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967 Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße).