Barbara Thumm Gallery is pleased to present the first solo show in Berlin by Georgian artist Anna K.E. The exhibition "two whores in the same dress" evolves around two central works which consist of two free standing correlating structures, made of wood, aluminum and plexi-glass in various colours.
The shape of the objects and especially their freely standing position in the space, certainly recalls an architectural window facade of housings and even more the traditional Asian room dividers.
Room dividers and also windows are objects which witness the human desire for intimacy. Both suggest a certain human activity, which is directly opposed to what is open or unlimited.
During the opening of the exhibition there will be various activities being performed incorporating the structures as set and as screens: a Georgian grandmother will bake Khajapuri – a traditional Georgian evening bread for the visitors. The leftovers will become part of the show. These remnants of basic-nourishing food will have a special psychological impetus on the whole installation.
In dialogue to the sculptural work, will be a large photographic inkjet print from the ongoing series "Profound Approach, Easy Outcome". In this series, standing in front of the masterpieces of paintings in famous museums, the artist imitates postures and gestures of the figures depicted within these paintings. In the particular work on the show Anna K.E. mimics the pose of a nude painted by Bruno Goller, additionally the artist covers her eyes with a small book, turning herself blind via this "untitled" book. This photograph hung on the wall stays in close relation to the room dividers with their tonal atmosphere and ornamental character. By its conclusive character, it also refers to the idea of the painting as a window.
One of the structures also functions as a projection screen for the video piece, "Cultural catalyst that drives the popular dialogue globally". It depicts the artists feet, dancing on tiptoes, following a precarious parcours through the artists studio. The playful but also hard fought struggle for a position becomes a powerful metaphor for the artists self restrain and the moment of unexpected creation which always involves release and loss of control.
Anna K.E. plays with the viewers involvement into the scene, contrasting intimate subversive moments with structures that suggest controle and public appearances. She intelligently stages her quest for her own cultural identity and her search for inserting her subjective expressions into the contemporary discourse.