April 20 – 30, 2023
Exhibition at Villa Heike Berlin:

a Research

In the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) in Berlin, there is a frieze of figures in the stairwell dating from 1875. It gathers 121 people who were considered significant at the time for an intended German historiography. Among them are only four women, one is the medieval sculptress Sabina von Steinbach, who is said to have once worked on the Strasbourg Cathedral. However, this artist probably never existed. Why has she nevertheless become part of this canon, which remains unchanged to this day?

The exhibition at Villa Heike shows an excerpt of 14 chapters of the extensive project. In addition to the photographs, a soundtrack in the form of an audio guide is a central element of the work. In the narrative form similar to an audio book, a female voice tells additionally of W.‘s observations and reflections during her research.

Sabina, Reconstructing a Research / An excerpt in 14 chapters
archival pigment prints, various formats, narration as audio guide

Thur – Sun 2 – 6 pm
and by appointment

Villa Heike
Freienwalder Straße 17
13055 Berlin

Book launch:
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 6 pm:
Steffen Siegel in conversation with Wiebke Elzel


Sabina: Book, headphones, QR-Code, for audio guide

In addition to the exhibition version, the entire project is currently published as a book by Textem Verlag. It will be presented for the first time at Villa Heike.

audio guide