EFFE resident #1

Frieder Haller
March–April 2017
Brussels, Belgium
Frieder Haller & Phung-Tien Phan, PAIN (2016) Steel sheet, light, paint, wire, 200x100cm, installation shot

Frieder Haller’s works deal with the fragility and inconsistency of reality. He pictures absurdity and horror in playful yet precise settings, using fiction as a tool to speculate about and redefine concepts of the human body and its social conditions. Haller works to create a space for non-rational thinking, which allows him to develop sensitive installations that question the distinctions and essentialist parameters that organise and condition our lives. In his surreal sculptures, dimension and time collapse and the spectator is left with uncertainty and awkwardness.


Born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1987, German artist Frieder Haller studied Philosophy at Leipzig University (2008–2011) and Photography at Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen (2011–2016). In 2015, he completed a six-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France. His work has appeared in group shows at 63rd–77th STEPS, Room E-10 27, both Paris, and Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund. In 2017 he received the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg grant for visual art. He is co-founder of the artist space and collective Belle Air/New Bretagne, Essen.

Thanks go to artists Elena Betros López, Anna-Lisa Högler and Jules Lagrange for their in-kind support of this residency.