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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Hana Sackler - Here, right now

Feb 05, 2020

Here, right now is an exploration of perception. In photographs, audio, and video, the lines of reality are blurred and we are left dangling somewhere between a daydream and the present moment. A partially submerged figure is disguised and entangled by dark waters. A fly sits on a shrimp dumpling pillow surrounded by a moat of soy sauce. The images are a combination of found situations and performance woven together, inviting the viewer to linger on the edge of truth and fiction. We struggle to discern what is true and what is not. We find ourselves misplaced in elusive everyday moments trying to comb our way back to reality.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Game Call

Feb 12, 2020 - Hana Sackler

Game Call is a three-part video that is part of the project Here, right now. In this video, layers of unsettling realities are embedded in the everyday. As a hunter uses the familiar sounds of game calls in order to draw prey closer to danger, we too are pulled in by the gradually intensifying sequence of audio and visual stimuli. Beginning with only audio, the viewer relies upon the sound to guide them through a sequence of events weaving in and out of private and public spaces. In part two the audio is replaced by moving images. One must shift their senses, relying upon the previous audible experience to inform new connections with the imagery. Part three is a combination of parts one and two as the disquieting kinetic energy of the audio and visuals blend, shifting perceptions once again. Intimate moments are revealed, subtly provoking questions, as we consider our dual roles as intruder and voyeur.

The Edges of Us

Feb 11, 2020 - Hana Sackler

I turn my glance outward and externalize private moments.

I look at the members of my family in relation to myself.

Closeness, detachment, absence and presence.

Our identity is removed and what remains are the gestures and the relationship between the body and the space it exits in.

Everything is ambiguous as I project my perception of reality.

It is a cycle of emergence and withdrawal.

Untitled Video 1 & 2

Feb 10, 2020 - Hana Sackler

Are you dreaming?

Some Other Place

Feb 08, 2020 - Hana Sackler

Some Other Place is a project I made with my photo collective, SCALENO. We are 3 women living in different parts of the world, continuously collaborating on new photographic projects. The word “scaleno” is Italian for “scalene” and when lines are drawn on a map from each of our origins it makes this type of triangle.


Some Other Place is an attempt at undoing distance, using photographs and audio as a point of connection and investigation, across oceans and continents. We have asked each other, as friends and photographers, “What is it like there, for you?” and answered with photographs of ten everyday objects. Over time, these subjects lead us to discover each other’s cities and also deepen the exploration of our own. We want to know: what can be found in a park in Lima that wouldn’t be seen in Portland or Berlin? Or, how is fog similar everywhere? What makes a place? Is it the buildings and materials or people and experiences? By bridging our individual everyday moments we have created an alternate universe, an entirely new place that exists, like a novel, solely on the page.



Feb 07, 2020 - Hana Sackler

While I was living in Italy I would often go to the market and buy fresh seafood.


I would then bring it home, clean it, and cook it for lunch.


Waiting to Land

Feb 06, 2020 - Hana Sackler

Voices far away are flown

around the world.

Scraps of beauty dwelling

in the city

I felt all those hours in

my bones

flying over Siberia.

For everything was covered by dense

crowds of people in

drab winter light.