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Tools for Conviviality, 2018–ongoing

mixed media

People’s interconnectedness is growing to a world scale beyond and independent of borders - their crossing and hybridization have become the accelerated everyday norm in which certain objects and technologies serves as intermediaries.

Set in the inclusive and agitated city of Dakar, its virtual and analog diaspora the photographic part of the work plays with the eurocentric expectations on documentary photography in a low income country, critically reflects photographic stereotyping and sometimes takes the piss of by sprinkling prejudices with rhinestones.

The photographic part is a marriage of fact and fabrication based on various collaborations with people migrated to or from Senegal‘s capital and its diaspora.

It‘s retiring from the idea that multicultural living is a phenomenon solely part of the western hemisphere, neither is it buying into the myth of net- or machine-neutrality, but looking at the relationship between human and tool through an open conversation.

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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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