“I hope you’re not planning to sell your house anytime soon”

— someone attending one of our art openings —


This is what people often say when they first see our work at art openings, exhibition talks, or film festivals. While they could be commenting on our nominal status as not-so-starving artists, it is more likely that they’re referring to the nature of our work itself. Home, family, belongings—nothing in our life is left un- deconstructed in our art—often quite literally, as sofas, bedroom walls, and dinnerware come under physical attack. We draw no line between our lives and our art.

We are the photographers and the photographed; our home is our canvas, our family is our subject, and our actions are our content.

As the collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen, we draw upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects and we expand our personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes our objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenges presumptions of the everyday.

We have presented our videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival. Our cinematic based installations have been seen in Hong Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Hudson River Museum, Woodstock Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and Houston Center for Photography. We have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.

We live and work in Houston, TX with our two children Madeleine and Emmett.


  • While it could be construed that their work as being critical of big-box America, it is more about asking questions than it is about pointing fingers. The photos and videos are imbued with an unintentional kind of humor – dark, like a New Yorker cartoon brought to life.

    — Kerri MacDonald: The New York Times —
  • There has always been a Beckettian theme underlying their work. The echoing phrase “can’t go on…must go on” reverberates throughout.

    — Ariel Shanberg: Center for Photography Woodstock —
  • Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s art is both bourgeois and a critique of being bourgeois. As a document of their family’s lifestyle, it is a picture of suburban plenty. And in a way, that is unusual. .

    — Robert Boyd: The Great God Pan is Dead —
  • That is the real strength of Hillerbrand+Magsamen, to admit the ambivalence, to bravely question life, and then to go on, to recommit, not as a solution to ambivalence, but in the face of it, in spite of it.

    — Kirk Lynn: Rude Mechs —


Contact our galleries:

Darke Gallery
320  Detering
Houston, TX 77007

Camera Oscura
Alameda, 16
28014 Madrid, Spain

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