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Anna K.E.


Gloss of a Forehead

7. 11. – 20. 11. 2019


curated by Noemi Smolik




We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of the New York based artist Anna K.E.. 

Anna K.E.’s background as a ballerina informs her artistic practice, which concerns the relationship between objects and their environment, and how the latter can often define or limit the former. Through installation, sculpture, and video, she often focuses her explorations of space on gallery architecture or the artist’s studio. In her videos, K.E. engages in absurd or abject activities, such as attempting to fold a mattress across her body or to row herself across her studio on a board—gestures which question the utility of artistic creativity. The utopian promise of Modernism, especially as espoused by architects, lurks in the background of K.E.’s practice, which adopts these antecedent forms while questioning the ideological virtue and relevance of them by positioning them against her Sisyphean actions. 

Noemi Smolik


Anna K.E. was born in 1986 in Tbilisi (Georgia), attended Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and received an MFA form Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (2010). Recent exhibitions include REARMIRRORVIEW, Simulation is Simulation, is Simulation, is Simulation…, Georgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2019); Queens Museum (2017); The Kitchen, New York (2015); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA (2015); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, USA (2015); the Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, USA (2014); the Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany (2012); the III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia (2012); and Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany (2012). 


Anna K.E. will introduce her artistic practice together with Florian Meisenberg during the lecture organised by HRS 05/11/19 at 7:30PM at UMPRUM.