René Holm often works with people on the edge of life and with challenges that are often placed in a fictional anonymous nature space, René Holm constantly seeks challenges with his painting and his art, René Holm has made the series SHELTER where man was replaced with tents, and the series Behind The Curtain where René Holm visited the abandoned Elisabeth Sanatorium south of Berlin, an interiour exhibition where human decay and survivors become almost palpable silence.
René Holm has since his youth had a great interest and curiosity in "visiting" abandoned places, where the visit to Elizabeth Hospital many years later ended with a great solo exhibition, René Holm has long wanted to visit Chernobyl, a disaster the artist even remembers from 1986, and in the summer of 2019, René Holm visited Chernobyl and the city of Pripyat, where more than 300,000 people were evacuated in 36 hours, a visit where the artist visited schools, playgrounds, kindergartens, the town hall and the city's amusement park, all places buzzing with life, whine and laughter.
If you look at the buildings that are slowly overgrown from the outside, it almost seems as if you can see that the former residents have disappeared and simply left everything behind. Some furnishings are still in place, though chaotically located and marked by so-called vandalism. Partially broken windows let the air pull through the masonry, in which curtains move as if they were touched by ghost hands. One can hardly escape the absolutely mystical mood that testifies to a previously lively and orderly past. The remnants of the abandoned spaces thus serve as an impetus for our pursuit of completion and narrative, triggered by the states of emptiness. A few things that have been left alone, through our imagination, gain symbolic value, such as toys, beds, shoes, etc.