Hannah Kindler is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice moves within different materials and disciplines, such as weaving and performance, garments and video, writing and knitting, drawing and spatial installations. With her artistic practice, Kindler aims to tell different stories, or stories of difference, based on nonhierarchical methods of knowledge production.
Kindler’s work questions the socially constructed nature of values, often using textiles and other materials, to reveal the global circulation of economical, social and cultural value systems. She analyses how Western-European capitalist ideologies have an influence on our understanding of the value of materials by critically examining everyday objects and their varied social and economic deployment as actors that shape us and our social relations. Kindler aims to expose the inherent relationality of objects, as the expression of social relations and how the objects itself carries the repressive politics of the social processes in which it has been formed. She seeks to tell other stories of these objects, such as private stories of personal memories, which could serve as a form of resistance against the normative stories of the capitalist market system.
She is interested in language and other systems of communication as historical structures which are informed by particular ideologies that serve to constitute and construct reality. They play an important role in shaping subjectivities and can be used to reinforce or renounce the experiences and biographies of the people using them. Through the medium of conversations, Kindler operates at the intersection of performance art, cultural activism and the building of spaces of empowerment within group processes - all with the aim of self-organisation. In these conversations, Kindler mostly works collaboratively. The conversations create temporary communities that resisted the constant demand of productivity through talking about the personal in a non-goal oriented manner. Simultaneously, the conversations serve as means to examine social relations and as a possibility for both, giving agency to the viewer to become part of the work while allowing their references and value systems to enter. For Kindler, the discursive format serves as a means to examine how to engage with others and develop practices that undo and restructure power relations via inclusive, relational ethics, that aim for a more fluid understanding of identity.
By questioning the politics of knowledge production, value is given to lived experiences as a valid source of knowledge. These embodied knowledges can be used as a means of challenging oppressive power structures. Through the use of performative strategies of self-understanding and identification, histories can be (re)written.