LiHenn (born 1952) studied graphic design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Bremen and completed university studies in art and German language and literature in Oldenburg. This was followed by teaching activities in Germany, Spain and Belgium. She opened her studio in Valencia / Spain in 2017 and works mainly with waste material from plastic film. She prints, weaves, collages or welds and fills the material. Themes such as people, neighbor, figure and individual are the focus of her work.
About the project
After the clothes and the dwelling as individually designed protective layers of the human being, the then following layer – the street, the corner, the block, the neighborhood – is perceived as a more or less influenceable, first exterior space. It is at this interface between inside and outside that the project – …den Häusern ein Gesicht geben… – starts. In front of a row building of 285 meters in Berlin-Haselhorst with 22 house entrance doors and 506 windows, the individual unfolds a certain effect. The uniform, serial nature of the exterior influences and superimposes the individual. The project should selectively bring the inside out of the houses, the individual into the outside and become perceptible for about six months. Five to seven individuals out of approximately 10.000 who live here in the settlement Haselhorst in the northwest of Berlin, who used to live here, were born here, or live here again, give the neighborhood their face and their audible history. Their portrait is visible in several meters of size on open spaces of the facades and their history is audible through their connection with the district.