Biography

Hedda Roman, a Düsseldorf-based artist duo composed of Hedda Schattanik (b. 1992 in Westerstede) and Roman Szczesny(b. 1987 in Bensberg), is known for their intricate fusion of cinematographic elements, surreal animation, literature, drama, sculpture, photography, and drawing. Their work critically examines the increasing rise of reactionary essentialism, utilising uncanny tools and agents to challenge blind utilitarian approaches like the scaling laws in brute-force autoregressive AI. By incorporating generative AI as one of many materials, they question and appropriate these technologies to probe deeper into the constructs of identity and reality. Central to their practice is Oldboy, an avatar and latent space traveller, who navigates through digital and poetic realms, offering a nuanced exploration of origin and selfhood.

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2024
2023
  • Closing event | Oldboy: Death to Dialectics, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
  • Cradling specters, Weiden Space, Düsseldorf
2022
2020
2019
  • Polke und die Folgen - Neuerwerbungen I Absolventen der Kunstakademie 1965-2018, Akademie-Galerie – Die Neue Sammlung
  • “Apartment Monologue” - MOP-Shortlist, Neue Horizonte, Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken
2018
  • Digital Gods - Die Digitale, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf
  • "Apartment Monologue" - Marl Media Art Awards 2018, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Marl
  • Follow Up 2018 - PWC Kunstpreis, Junge Kunst aus der Akademie, Düsseldorf
  • "Apartment Monologue" - German Competition, Kino Lichtburg, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen
  • Fiktiva - Festival, Cinéma Luminor, Paris
  • FAR/OFF Festival, screening of "Viktor Al Manouchi" as part of the PLAY/List, Ebertplatz, Cologne
2017
  • Asymmetrische Architexturen, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  • Apartment Monologue, curated by Roy Mordechay, Julia Reich & Nir Altmann Gallery, Düsseldorf
  • Viktor Al Manouchi, HONDA Gallery, Play Video- & Performance Festival, Cologne
  • Performed Identity, curated by IMAI Stiftung, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
  • 123 - Class Andreas Gursky, Goethe Institute, Paris
  • International Theme Exhibition - Photo Beijing 2017, China Millennium Monument, Beijing
  • Zeichnung - Auswahlausstellung des Märkisches Stipendiums 2018, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid
2016
  • Die Grosse - Class Andreas Gursky, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
  • Mary & der Vulkan. Eine meteorologische Phantasmagorie, KIT, Düsseldorf
  • Time Based Academy – On Air, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düssledorf
2015
  • EVA13, Experimental Video Art Exhibition, Thai - European Friendship
  • #4 kunstakademie @mckinsey&company, Skyoffice, Düsseldorf
  • Let‘s Dance, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen
2014
  • EN EL CASTILLO, MIAC (Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo), Lanzarote
  • Der Freund krank / The sick friend - Production of Acting Accomplices, Orangerie - Theater im Volksgarten, Cologne

Featured Artworks