Leila Hekmat

Female Remedy

Leila Hekmat

Leila Hekmat, Triple Curly, 2020. Tryptich still. Digital video collage. Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi.


15.09. – 18.12.2022

The exhibition Female Remedy by Leila Hekmat (b. 1981 in Los Angeles, lives and works in Berlin) transforms the Haus am Waldsee into a religious sanatorium for women, an infirmary of sorts, complete with hospital beds, a surgery room, a chapel and an assortment of specialised rooms for treatment. In tandem with a live performance, the exhibition takes the shape of a satiric, sensory installation that unfolds across the house and the garden and considers the irrational forces within the human psyche as a portal to self-discovery while using humour to counter society’s obsessive and often absurd attitudes towards wellness and what is deemed normality. The performance brings to life the story of the women of this institution, nurses as well as patients, and their unorthodox road to recovery. 

Female Remedy marks the first institutional exhibition by Hekmat and invites the artist to develop her expansive performative practice across time and space in the distinct setting of the Haus am Waldsee. The exhibition will initiate the new programme under the artistic direction of Anna Gritz.

Opening: Thursday, 14 September 2022, 7.30 pm

The exhibition is funded by: