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A Lotus is a Lotus, 2017–ongoing

mixed media

„For a person who has never seen the Orient, Nerval said to Gautier, a lotus is still a lotus, for me it is only a kind of onion“
Theophjle Gautier, referring to the object being defined through reading the relation to the other.

“A Lotus is A Lotus” deals with the embodied manifestation of cultural phenomena in the digital and analogue object. Research on western desire for consumption of difference is the basis for a feverish dreamscape consisting of lenticularprints, textile works, sound-installations, objects and an artist book.

Quoting discourses around fake and folk the material of this installation is drawing lines between Mughal carpets in Western Museums, fake Balenciagas in Airbnb‘s adventurous journey to Beijing‘s illegal backdoor Pearl Market Shopping experience, almost authentic souvenir making straight from the ancient ancestors in Cairo and 3D stock models on online platforms . Objects within human societies are given meaning through various transactions, motivations, motifs of use and circulations. Several cultural phenomena can be examined through looking at culture from the material realm – ‚A Lotus is A Lotus‘ is focussing on the present-day circulation of exotica.

video, color, sound
9:56 min, looped
interviews and scenes with tourist scouts

edition of 11 hand made lenticular prints silicone mounted on dibond
ed. of 3 + 1 AP
64.5 x 45.5 cm each

edition of 22 hand made lenticular prints silicone mounted on dibond
ed. of 3 + 1 AP
15 x 10 cm each

sublimation print on net fabric
387 x 244 cm each

hand embroidered tapestries with fabric from cairo and cussions from Hong Kong tourist markets, metal, Perspex disc
ca. 165 x 100 cm (incl. chain) each

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Anna Ehrenstein

Anna Ehrenstein works in transdisciplinary artistic practice with an emphasis on research and mediation. She is using print, video, installation, social moments or sculpture to reverberate the intersections and divergences of high and low cultures and their socio-economic and bio-political constitutions. Born in Germany with Albanian heritage and raised between the two cultures, realities and reflections around migration-related visual culture, diasporic narrations, networked images and the class hierarchy of pixels form main foci due to her own intercultural experiences.

She has been awarded with different prizes such as the Talent Award of c/o Berlin in 2020, the Prix Prictet, the NRW.BANK Kunstpreis, the Förderpreis KHM in 2019, the Fondation des Treilles in 2018 and her first ever prize being the Landskrona Portfolio Price in 2017. She has held solo exhibitions at Stadtgalerie, Saarbrücken (2022), Tools for Conviviality, c/o Berlin (2021), Francisco Carolinum, Linz (2021), Gold & Beton, Cologne (2020). Her work has been included in exhibitions at international institutions such as Kunstmuseum Wolgsburg (2022), Kunsthalle Osnabrpck (2022), 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg (2022), MgbK, Leipzig (2019), Fotomuseum Winterthur (2019), Museum Folkwang, Essen (2018).

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