“Iconography” exhibition by Anna Krieps at Nosbaum Reding Projects

Anna Krieps, "Ophelia", photography, 2018. © Anna Krieps.
The photographer Anna Krieps’ works of art are currently featured on the online art platform Art Work Circle while also being on display at the Nosbaum Reding Projects gallery.

For her first exhibition at the Nosbaum Reding Projects gallery, Anna Krieps decided to take a look at the representation of women in art in order to initiate a broader reflection on the place of the female body in the collective imagination.

In her series of photographs entitled Iconography, the Luxembourg artist cites famous paintings such as Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) by Edouard Manet, La Vierge en prière by Sassoferrato (around 1640-1650) or La Vénus au miroir (around 1647-1651) by Vélasquez to question the image of the woman shaped and conveyed by art history. Venus or courtesan, h?ta?re or Madonna ?: since the Renaissance, painters have cultivated a binary vision of women, presented as an archetype without a name or identity.

In Anna Krieps works of art, on the other hand, the model is identifiable and bears a name: it is her sister Vicky, an internationally renowned actress who, in the present case, offers herself to us in a barely concealed modesty. By choosing an actress to embody the women represented in these masterpieces of Western (male) art, the artist achieves a double feat: on the one hand, she uses the recognition effect as a lever enabling her to point out the anonymity of the original models, and on the other hand, she refers to the status of women in the broader context of image production, of which cinemas are one of the most powerful vectors today.

By mixing two pictorial levels, namely the one of the photographic scene and the other of the painted scenery, Anna Krieps’ dreamlike compositions also create a “mise en abyme” that invites us to question the frontier between dream and reality, between artifice and truthfulness: a questioning that has always haunted artists and which, in the digital age, still is a relevant topic. (Text source: Nosbaum Reding Projects).

Know more about Anna Krieps and where to buy her works of art 

On display until October 19th 2019. The exhibition will close : October 19th from 4pm to 7pm. Nosbaum Reding Projects. 4, rue Wiltheim L-2733 Luxembourg. Tuesday-Saturday 11am -6pm. More information on: http://www.nosbaumreding.lu/en/galerie/accueil/0/nosbaum-reding-gallery-projects

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