Hannah Schemel, born in Bühl, studied communication design with a focus on photography at the University of Mannheim. Since 2016, she has been working as an independent artist and exhibits her works nationwide in galleries and museums.

Schemels works show respect and humbleness for the individual subject. The sea, the sky and the forest do not impose themselves as central motives, but deepen in their elementary size to a moment between rest and strength. The black and white contrasts make the fog or the vastness of the sea tangible and impalpable at once. Light and shadow conjoin to a sensual, beautiful but also gloomy magic.

In her long-term projects, Schemel traces the origin of places, whether through her provenance (“kigen”) in the Black Forest or the mythical promise of the sea (“umi”) of Quiberon. With high precision which partly requires hour-long observation in the open air, her selection of subjects strives for a synesthetic perception. The pictures invite you to rediscover the beauty of the unimposing.

Influences from the Japanese culture become apparent particularly through the lightness and intentional asymmetry in the paintings of Hasegawa Tohakus from the 16th century and the essays on aesthetics by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō.

The recordings, almost detached from the passing of time, are symbiotically complemented by the masterful craftsmanship and the exquisite quality of material. Schemel captures earlier knowledge and turns every picture into a unique one. Her photography is created with an analogue large format camera in nature. A hand-made paper especially developed for her by Gerard Paperworks, into which she lets her motives sink using a platinum-palladium mixture technique with a delicate Japanese paint brush made of goat hair, characterizes her work.


+49 (0)178 6531764
Schulweg 10
75337 Enzklösterle, Germany


Galerie Albert Baumgarten, Freiburg
+49 (0)761  35298

Galerie André Kirbach, Düsseldorf
+49 (0)170 9331166

Galerie Vayhinger, Singen
+49 (0)7731 9761640

Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim
+49 (0)621 419031



Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn – with Steffen Diemer

Galerie Vayhinger, Singen – with Steffen Diemer


Museum Théo Kerg, Schriesheim – with Steffen Diemer

Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim – with Steffen Diemer


Galerie Albert Baumgarten, Freiburg – with Steffen Diemer

Galerie kirbach, Düsseldorf – with Steffen Diemer


Galerie Vayhinger, Singen am Hohentwiel – with Steffen Diemer

Art award of the city of Mannheim and the Heinrich-Vetter-Foundation, with the award winner Joscha Steffens and the advancement award winner Hannah Schemel, PORT25 Mannheim


Kunst Koch – Galerie Albert Baumgarten, Freiburg – with Steffen Diemer


metall & form, Heidelberg


Club Speicher7, Mannheim



Kunstverein Mannheim


Galerientage, MKV – Galerie Peter Zimmermann

Art Karlsruhe – Galerie Albert Baumgarten

PORT25, Mannheim


Cologne Fine Art Fair – Galerie kirbach

Galerientage, MKV – Galerie Peter Zimmermann


Deltabeben – Kunsthalle Mannheim


Stadtmuseum Kaiserslautern

Kunstverein Mannheim

Ladenburger Literaturtage – Galerie Maul, Ladenburg


Atelier23, Mannheim

Exhibition Views

2020 Galerie Vayhinger Singen 2020 Kunsthalle Mannheim Deltaleben 2020 Port25 Heinrich Vetter Preis Ausstellung 2020 Port25 Heinrich Vetter Preis Ausstellung 2021 Galerie Kirbach 2022 Galerie Peter Zimmermann

das schulhaus

More information about the “das schulhaus” project coming soon!