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Desire Varves, 2017–2018

20 scultpural collages carved out of 70‘s magazines

According to critical media scholar Villem Flusser each medium is created by man as an explanation of the world in order to facilitate his orientation within society. Yet, each medium is posessed by the same sly dialectics: instead of representing the world, media present the world as it is perceived by them. In other words, one could state that media determine our visiion upon the world and not the other way around.

Taking this knowledge as a basis and with a sharp knife ‚Desire Varves‘ is sculptural collage works, that carve the various, intersectional layers out of the socio-economic construction 70‘s Playboy Magazines facilitate.

In a similar manner to the annual sediment that ecological structural varves have in lacustrine deposits and marine environments, the pages of the magazine lay bare how race, gender, class and a multitude of societal sediment has been constructed a few decades ago and dominates trajectories that define our present day being, effect and affect.

collages carved out of 70‘s Magazines

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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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