The KICKEN II exhibition space will show Jitka Hanzlová’s new series, HIER/HERE, in which she grapples with the places and people of Essen, where she has lived since 1982. A refugee to Ruhr from Czechoslovakia, she began cautiously to approach her new surroundings. Here she integrated herself into an unknown world, gathering important experiences. Despite her completely mature familiarity with the city, her life there is marked by a feeling of foreignness and anonymity, of distance, which must always be transformed anew into proximity. In HIER/HERE Hanzlová develops her unique visual language further – a dense, formally consistent weave of portrait, landscape, and still life – in subtle tones of color. Works from the series are currently on view in Essen’s Ruhrblicke exhibition on the occasion of the European Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010.