“Last Year’s Self” displays one of the strategies we use to separate between who we were back then and who we are now. It also shows an artistic response to feelings of anxiety and dissatisfaction at a previous state of our being. The strain between past and present can lead, sometimes, to our annihilation of our former selves.
This exhibition presents photographs shot by Beate Körner of one of her past performances, archiving her restless body as it contorts itself and occupies the space in different positions. At a later period, she manipulated the prints by painting over them, effacing herself, at times, beyond recognition.
A closer look at the intersection between the initial photograph and subsequent painting evokes a tension between two distinct moments in time, making out of the person we were a formless shadow, and trapping our actions in a sticky cocoon, almost impossible to exit. - Hanin Hannouch, curator
installation view at Reykjavík Museum of Photography
detail: the structure of the lacquer is mirrored by the crumbled duct tape frames
detail: magnifying glasses invite the viewer to take a closer look at the structures
installation view: the sequential order evokes a sense of motion
black varnish on c-prints, 20 x 30 cm
yellow tension, 2015
acrylic on matte c-print, 30 x 43,5 cm
black varnish on c-prints, 30 x 45 cm
These works have been realized during my stay at Künstlerstadt Kalbe.