Last Year´s Self: Beate Körner
“Last Year´s Self”, curated by Hanin Hannouch, 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 intersection between the initial photograph and subsequent painting evokes a tension between the initial photograph and subsequent painting evokes a tension between two distinct moments in time, making out of person we were a formless shadow, and trapping our actions in a sticky cocoon, almost impossible to exit.
Beate Körner (*1987) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland and Potsdam, Germany. She has studied Fine Arts in Germany and the UK and was a master student with Prof. Toon Verhoef. She uses performative strategies as well as video installation, text and forms of drawing. Her work has been exhibited widely in Germany (Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe), as well as in the UK, Norway, Chile, Russia and Iceland.
Hanin Hannouch (*1989) is an art historian, film theoretician and the creator of kinoimages.com. She has earned degrees in Art History, Archaeology and Museology in Lebanon, France and Germany and is writing her PhD thesis at IMT Lucca (Italy), dealing with the art historical ideas of Sergei Eisenstein. At the moment, she is a Guest Researcher at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany).