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Jeanne Faust

Jeanne Faust, Professor of Video

Jeanne Faust has been a professor of Video specialising in Time-based Media since the 2009/10 winter semester. Faust was born in 1968 in Wiesbaden. After studying law and passing the first state examination, she changed to photography and free art at the Universität Duisburg. She began studying at the HFBK Hamburg in 1993, receiving her degree in 1998.

Faust works conceptionally in the media of film, video and photography. Her pictures and films challenge viewers’ cultural consciousness of images and films whilst subverting their expectations. She does this by opening up the narrative structure and making it more mystifying - in a radical way, through gaps and through an interplay of overt and implied meaning. By removing the plot, Faust causes us to reflect on the extent to which cultural codes dictate how we interpret images and on how the interplay between picture and word creates meaning. In a highly effective way, she evokes the moods associated with cinematic memories whilst at the same time questioning them by departing from the familiar images and narrative structures in favour of the immanent laws of aesthetic constructs.

Faust has received a number of prizes and awards for her work, including the Lichtwark-Preis scholarship (awarded by the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg, 2004). In 2007, she was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst in Berlin. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Edwin Scharff-Preis by the City of Hamburg. In 2012, she was awarded the Villa-Massimo-scholarship by the Deutsche Akademie in Rome.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.