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Leon Höllhumer`s work is set between photography, performance and installation. A massage therapist by profession, Höllhumer received the images in visions of a sort during therapy sessions and made them the basis for his artistic practice. There comes a critical moment during a healing massage when mind, body, and world enter an ecstatic constellation. The masseur steps outside the world of everyday life to come into contact with a transcendental realm of ideas. To massage is always also to be massaged. This act of reciprocal massage allows the therapist’s inner vision to penetrate the layers of a universal iconography, delicately charting a path into the subcutaneous fatty tissue of a visual idiom that sustains a profound treatment of the visual receptors in the beholder’s eye to impart a curative effect.

Text by Ferdinand Schmalz

Leon Höllhumer (1986) is an Austrian artist who has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has had exhibitions in Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and France.