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Anna-Maria Sommer | Stiftung Starke

Anna-Maria Sommer

disgusting*beautyANNA-MARIA SOMMERAnna-Maria Sommer 2The Porcelain SuicidesLives and works in Berlin, Germany

Education

2000-2004 Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Saxophone/ Piano Diploma

Statement

Anna-Maria Sommer is a graduate of Hochschule für Musik ‚Hanns Eisler‘ in Berlin, where she lives and works. Her work explores the themes of self-liberation, intimacy, sexuality, abuse, as well as life’s extremes and antagonisms.
Sommer uses video, film, photography, installation and music combined with varied materials, including wood, steel, chains, feathers, meat, blood, knives, mirrors, living animals, ice, fire, water, spray cans and whatever else comes to her mind, as an extension of her work in performance.

She speaks of the synthesis of the arts and fancies the concept of hybrid art. Anna-Maria Sommer not only pushes the boundaries to their limits but goes further — expressing physically and metaphorically the process of self-liberation, which leads her to the conclusion that humanity finds its origin in a very demonic and animalistic abyss.

Solo Exhibitions and Performances

Upcoming

SURVIVORS – Groupshow Stiftung Starke Curated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Petrick (01/06/2014 – 13/07/2014)

Past

BLACK CROWNED CRANE
Two-Person Show together with Dario Puggioni, Janine Bean Gallery, January 10th – February 15th 2014
BLOOD SPERM TEARS
Solo Exhibition – Art Claims Impulse, December, January 2012/2013
FUKUSHIMA ANGEL
Performance & Concert Nacht und Nebel Festival Berlin, 2nd November 2013
THE BASEMENT
Film and Performance at Berlin Art Week, Art Claims Impulse, September 2012
THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN VENUS
Performance, Video, Installation, Musik, Artist in Residence for NATULIS ART TEMPORARY
Garage Art, Berlin August 2012
THE LOST
Performance with Reynold Reynolds , Month of Performance Art, Berlin May 2012
GERMANY MADE ZWEI
Opening Performance, Hannover Sprengel Museum, 16. Mai
PENTHESILEA
Multimedia Performance, Tacheles, Berlin La Bananale di Venezia Juli 2011
THE PORCELAIN SUICIDES
Performance/ Installation, Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin Februar 2011
DISGUSTING BEAUTY
Multimedia Performance, Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin September – Open Gallery Weekend, Art Forum Berlin, 2010
ATLANTIS
Janine Bean Gallery, Berliner Liste, Berlin July 2009
ATLANTIS
Multimedia Performance, Video, Film, Soundinstallation, Theatre Berlin, Olaf Blecker Studio, November 2008
SIMONE
Composition/ Performance inspired by Georges Batailles „Histoire de l’œil“ Berlin, Randspiele Zehpernick, Juni 2007
Deutschlandfunk Konzertdokument der Woche, 23.09.2007

Group Exhibitions

Survivor, Stiftung Starke Berlin, June 2014
Black Crowned Crane, Janine Bean Gallery, January 2014
Dazzling & Haunted Exhibition Berlin Art Week, Art Claims Impulse, September 2012
Leistungsschau Exhibition Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin Juni 2011
Wanted Exhibition Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin Februar/ März 2011
Winter Wonderland Exhibition Janine Bean Gallery, Berlin December/ January 2009/ 2010

Movies (as actress)

THE LOST (Reynold Reynolds) – as VENUS
2013 Premiered November Berlin Babylon

Festivals/ Collaborations

Jazzfestival Lausanne, Jazz Onze, November 2006
Jazzfestival Solar, Turku, September 2006
Festival Interplay! Akademie der Künste, Berlin, June 2006
Junge Symphonie Berlin, Hanne Darboven Vernissage „Hommage a Picasso“ op. 60, Guggenheim Berlin, Februar 2006
Berlin, VB 55 Vanessa Beecroft, Neue Nationalgalerie, April 2005
Los Angeles, Jungend Jazz Orchester Berlin, USA Tournee 2005
Performance, „Der lauernde Rachen der Sehnsucht“,
Vernissage Andreas Fux, Berlin, Kulturbrauerei, June 2004
WEIßARTPROZESS – Videoinstallation, Martin Claus, Rathaus Köpenick, Berlin 1999

Artfairs

PREVIEW ART FAIR BERLIN / Art Claims Impulse Booth 4 / Berlin 2013 SCOPE BASEL / Janine Bean Gallery / Basel 2011

Collections

PENTHESILEA Collection Schirm
60 x 42 cm Offset Print 2011
Signed and numbered. Edition 400

Awards

MPA-B Duvel Art Prize, 3 Nominations, Die Denkerei, Bazon Brock, Berlin 2012

Press

•Berlin Art Parasites „Doomsday Dates: Berlin‘s Best Weekend Art Events“, 2012
•GFDK Gesellschaft Freunde der Künste:
BLOOD SPERM TEARS – Anna-Maria Sommer über Entstehung von (weiblicher) Schönheit, Fragilität, Unnahbarkeit und Stärke , 2012
•BILD Zeitung „Made in Germany Zwei“ startet – Hannovers größtes Kunststück
Jasmin Henning, 2012
•Creative Net Magazine „Schneewittchens Psychose“, 2011
•Superior Magazine „Schneewittchens Psychose“, 2011
Lisa Kober
•Neue Musikzeitung nmz 2007/09
Kristallisationspunkt Akkordeon: die 15. Zepernicker „Randspiele“ für Neue Musik
Frank Kämpfer

CD Recordings

Hanne Darboven „Hommage a Picasso“ op. 60, Berlin 2006

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