Hands on Nails 

We are open


Hands on Nails – We are Open is a discourse salon!
The idea for the project came from those nail studios which seem to have popped up on every street corner in the city. What is this everyday phenomenon all about? Who are the people working in this branch and the scenes that have evolved from it? What motivates them? Is nail design an art, a handicraft or a service? And what does all this have to do with the Bauhaus?

With its new programme “Hands on Nails”, the temporary bauhaus-archiv explores the topic of nail art from an artistic, social and economic perspective. Based on the motto “We are open”, the participatory and discursive salon format serves as a forum for dialogue between practitioners, artists and visitors.

Short films, interventions and performances shed light on both the handicraft and hype of nail art, its precarious working conditions and its emancipatory promise. A historical view of the collection of the Bauhaus-Archiv reveals surprising references to nail art. Visitors can creatively design their own nails at DIY stations, expand the exhibition glossary with new ideas, and peruse related reading material to gain deeper insights into the subject.

Participants: Maria Alcaide, Charissa Chioccarelli & Magdalena Bonamin, sieblersiebler, Eduard Vegerle, Phương Thanh Nguyễn & Phương Thúy Nguyễn, Âni Võ, Verena Brakonier, Jivan Frenster & Greta Granderath, Crystal Kayiza, Ayşe Güleç, Camilla Inge Volbert & Eily Thams, Nadja Buttendorf, Maharu Maeno


7 December 2023 | 6:30 pm–9 pm

Short film screening
Sorge 87 | Thanh Nguyễn Phương | DE 2018, animated film 10’
HÄNDE | Verena Brakonier, Jivan Frenster, Greta Granderath | DE 2021, documentary 15’
Stinkfrucht – Taste of Home | Âni Võ | DE 2022, feature film | Drama 29‘
See You Next Time | Crystal Kayiza | USA 2019, documentary 7’
Talk with Ayşe Güleç (moderator), Phương Thúy Nguyễn (Sorge 87), Verena Brakonier (HÄNDE)
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Playing field:Body
14 December 2023 | 3:30 pm–9 pm

Happenings und talk
Maria Alcaide: The Managed Hand
Eily Thams: Object of Love
Camilla Inge Volbert: Nail Art Performance
Talk with Camilla Inge Volbert (nailsvoninge), Eily Thams (Thams does Claws), Maria Alcaide (The Managed Hand), Charissa Chioccarelli und Magdalena Bonamin (isla Berlin)
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Starting point:Exploration
18 January 2024 | 5:30 pm–9 pm

Performance/Workshop and conclusion
Maharu Maeno: Moss Nail Project
Nadja Buttendorf: Nadja’s magnetic Nail Art Studio
The performances by Camilla Inge Volbert and Eily Thams have been rescheduled to our closing event.
Closing with isla radio
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