»Beyond the Ring«
Series #5 / Artist Talk Nº2
Anna Ehrenstein »Tales of Lipstick and Virtue«
You are cordially invited to attend the second talk in the 5th series of ‘Beyond the Ring’ – this time with an artist talk by Anna Ehrenstein.
‘Beyond the Ring’ is an informal set of artists’ talks / presentations / performances by international artists based in Berlin and visiting artists passing through. ‘Beyond the Ring’ is there to provide the opportunity for people to meet and share their thoughts, ideas and work. If you’re interested in joining in, you will see that there is life Beyond the Ring in Berlin.
»Tales of Lipstick and Virtue«
Authenticity has always been a central question in discussions concerning society. It is continuing to gain importance with the emergence of new phenomena such as fake news, alternative facts and instant online control possibilities. However, our definition of an authentic being or an authentic object and our understanding of how the two relate to each other tend to differ, often in line with cultural and geographical variance despite our global connections.
The photographic element of this multidisciplinary work consists of portraits in Albania and figurative fake-stills of brand imitations and counterfeit luxury out of the studio. They are what we call an imitation, a fake or a bootleg. How is a fake defined in contemporary society? And what reasons do people have to interact with these objects?
Can they be judged by their materiality or does there presence as imitations confine them to a shallow world of the pseudo-luxury?
“The profession of almost every man, even that of the artist, begins with hypocrisy,” Nietzsche writes, “with an imitation from without, with a copying of what is most effective.” The boundaries between an original and an imitation are invariably fluid and may even be as obsolete as the separation of nature and artifice.
Anna Ehrenstein works in transdisciplinary artistic practice with an emphasis on research and mediation. She studied photography and media art and is currently doing her post-graduate studies, whilst exhibiting internationally for example at the Centquatre in Paris, the Month of Photography in Los Angeles, the Organ Vida Festival in Zagreb or the Rencontres de la Photography in Arles. Upcoming Shows include the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Lothringer Halle 13 in Munich and Shang 8 Gallery in Bejing. In her practice as an art mediator she prioritises working with varied social groups for example as part of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art or within the Young Arts Neukölln Art Center in Berlin.