Pearls of Wisdom I
90x90cm, acrylic and oil on linen, 2022, unique
The Pearls of Wisdom pieces are a series of distorted self portraits. About 10 years ago I was quite an exhibitionist. I would occasionally work, unpaid, as a fetish model squeezing into tight latex garments. At the time I loved it!
Over the years I have become more introverted and probably wouldn’t get into such an outfit now with such enthusiasm. It was a great experience but looking back it gives me a distorted view of myself.
- 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
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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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