Laura Mahnke is an artist, curator and trained ceramist based in Hamburg, Germany.
Duo: Mahnke/Hoffmann Hoffmann/Mahnke (working title)
Collective: Cake& Cash
CV and portfolio on request:

I am a woman with a non-academic background and I started studying fine arts in my late twenties being a mother of one. Everything I did before entering the academic art world shapes and enriches my curatorial and artistic practice: Motherhood, feminism, grass roots self-organization, punk, community building, crafts, improvisation and low-budget decadence.

Most recently, I reconnected with the material I am most familiar with but that I avoided for a long time: clay. I am currently working on an artistic practice that is clay-based and intuitive. I want to rediscover modes of repetition and production from a material that enables me to work by heart.

In my artistic works I try to grasp, catch or get hold of affectivities and moods like rage, love and fear. I impulsively analyze phenomenons like longing (German: Sehnsucht) or shame. I think a lot about working conditions, structural disadvantages, class and intersectional feminism. As a curator as well as an artist, I want to create spaces of encounter and alternative knowledge production/ sharing.

Metaphorical materials as well as the way and the conditions under which a work is produced carry another layer of my work. Poetry or prose, either self-written or consumed through music and literature, often act as the cornerstones of my work.

Statement on image quality: the varying and sometimes poor quality of the documentation of my works is intended. I am critical of the high-res standard in art documentations just as I am not interested in producing polished artworks. I like dirt.