Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø (NO), 20.10.2018–31.03.2019
40 Years of Ceramics
Japan Art Gallery, Frankfurt, 13.10.–10.11.2018
sam scherrer contemporary, Zurich (CH), 26.10.–10.11.2018
Opening event: Friday,...
Annelies Štrba (b. 1947) portrays the Blessed Mary not as the mother of
God but as an ideal representative of her gender. The photo artist depicts
an image of womanhood that elevates erstwhile religious intention to an
abstract realm. Digital disengagement and the almost rhapsodic colouration
set the stage for a surface on which to project emotions. Štrba embraces
the Madonnas, dismissing the transcendental and concentrating on the
empathetic accent of the mother-child relationship.
In choosing Maria, Štrba creates the role of woman versed in pain and loss, but also one informed by purity and benevolence. Although these features were originally conceived in the composition and facial expression, the artist defamiliarises them through colour filters and the removal of contours – the dissipating figures lose themselves in their own luminosity.