Matthias Hoch   German | born 1958    

Matthias Hoch has had two solo exhibitions at Rocket. The first in 2000 featured his large-format photographs of La Défense in Paris. Eight years later in 2008 his second solo show reflected his continuing fascination with contemporary architecture and featured work from The Netherlands – Rotterdam, Naarden and in particular Almere, one of the youngest of Dutch cities. Hoch photographs the backs of buildings, empty plazas and parking garages – anonymous places devoid of people where there is nothing obvious to see or experience.

Armed with a large-format camera and analogue film material, Hoch pursues the path he has mapped out

for himself – with curiosity and the instincts of a skilled tracker – exploring the world that surrounds him,

identifying its constituent parts and structures.    Thomas Seelig, Land without Horizon, 2005

Hoch lives and works in Leipzig. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig and at the University of Essen. In 1993 he was awarded a DAAD travel scholarship to the UK; in 2003 he had a scholarship to the German Academy, Villa Massimo, Rome; in 2013 a Goethe-Institut Scholarship to the Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto, Japan. During 2019 he is participating in a six-month residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.