Anne Imhof’s “Faust” at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
November 2, 2017

For all those who had not the chance to experience the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, there is still time to visit the project, located in the Giardini, and open until November 26, 2017.

Our media partner Berlin Art Link filmed the opening preview of the German Pavilion this Spring in Venice.  Anne Imhof has been hailed over the last few years for her nightmarish durational performances, from last year’s “Angst” at Hamburger Bahnhof to her current piece “Faust” at the Venice Biennale. “Angst” came as the result of Imhof’s 2015 Preis der Nationalgalerie win, while “Faust” garnered the artist the Venice Biennale’s most lauded achievement, the Golden Lion award.

Imhof combines various production strategies from sculpture, drawing, painting, video and performance in her work. In her recent performance pieces, she addresses the rituals and secret semiotic systems of niche communities, exploring the darker sides of idleness and anxiety in contemporary youth culture. Her immersive environments, often generating fear-inducing images or tableaus, have been well-documented in the press and social media, despite the relative exclusivity of the performances’ live rendition.

Watch the video here.

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