40x60cm, oil on linen, 2022, unique
The initial approach to these pieces was to explore the idea of breathlessness in terms of being exhausted from verbal communication and not being able to articulate yourself…also being left breathless in awe of a partner.
But following the last worldwide wave of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 after George Floyd’s murder, this image, for me, has simultaneously become quite poignant. His last words ‘I can’t breathe’ ring true now looking at these paintings.
At the same time I learnt of incidents where white people misuse their systematic advantages. I was particularly shaken by the incident of a woman In the United States calling the police on a Black man watching birds in Central Park, after he had asked her to put her dog on a leash. Her response was to take a picture of him and tell the police he had tried to assault her. A completely false statement.
When you have this knowledge, I don’t understand people when they say ‘I don’t see colour,’ in an attempt to avoid racism. Yes, it’s important to see individuals for their full humanity but in the face of the society we live in here in Germany, and where I used to live in the UK…as well as most other places in the world, I’d say…it’s impossible to see past the systematic injustices and ways in which people are stereotyped. It’s something I cannot and should not look past, especially as a white woman.
- Anne Bengard
- Grunewaldstraße 15
2007-2010: BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice (2:1), Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
Selected Group exhibitions:
‘ambivalent’ | Not A Gallery, Berlin
Schöneberg Artists | The Ballery, Berlin
Metawalls Berlin | The Embassy/Decentraland, Online
Gekaufte Liebe | Not A Gallery, Berlin
‘Faces of Depth’ | Retramp Gallery, Berlin
Berlin Mural Festival
Game Over | Berlin
‘Fetish’ | The Ballery, Berlin
‘Art Safari’ | Kliemannsland, Elsdorf
Stroke Art Fair, Munich
‘Mondo Bizzaro’ | Alte Münze, Berlin
Future Binkhorst - VR painting installation | Trefpunt Rotterdamsebaan, The Hague, The Netherlands
Spotlight on Anne Bengard | Sammlung Seibert, Berlin
Modern Panic | Truman Brewery, London, UK
Parkhaus Neukölln, Berlin
Fabifa/Anne Bengard’s Praxis | Oberschöneweide, Berlin
Fabifa/Anne Bengard | Bar Eigengrau, Berlin
Light Noise Art | Zwei Drei Raum, Berlin
Berlin Mural Festival, Berlin
Helmets for Habitat | Microsoft flagship store NYC
WE ARE PART OF CULTURE, with 100% Mensch Hauptbahnhof and travelling to 20 major train stations around Germany
THE HAUS | Berlin Art Bang, Berlin
Enter Art Foundation, 50 Contemporary Artists | Berlin
Take Over | Nau Bostik, Barcelona
‘Monster Madness’ | Slushbox Gallery, Florida, USA
‘Stopjectify’ | Gallery Different, London, UK
Modern Panic VI | Apiary Studios, London, UK
Anne’s work deals with issues around connection, intimacy and fetishisation, understanding the term ‘fetish’ in the context of behaviour, devotion, obsession and consumption. Often borderline voyeuristic, her visual language uses polarities to explore social norms, stereotypes and aims to create a sense of tension and sensuality.
Her works ask questions rather than make statements, often probing the subconscious. Anne studied Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. She is a self taught painter influenced by 90s anime and old master paintings and pop surrealism. She can hold her breath for 5 minutes.
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