Influenced by conceptual art, Maria Anwander’s practice is established between the fields of performance and installation. By utilizing different kinds of artistic media, including photography, video and sculpture, her work questions the authenticity of artworks as well as the gap between the art-market and the artist. Instead of giving refined didactic answers, her work shows the formal process of her investigations.
Most recently, Anwander investigates issues of collection, ownership, and authorship. For the video Analyzing, Adolfo Profumo, a New York psychoanalyst unacquainted with the artist, tries to tell Anwander about herself looking through her portfolio. The video questions the certainty of art interpretations.
About the Artist
Maria Anwander lives and works in Berlin. After receiving her diploma in 2008 from the academy of fine arts in Vienna, she spent one year in Bilbao for a residency, three months in New York at the Harlem studio fellowship program, and two months at the Casino Luxembourg.
Anwander’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout Austria and Germany, as well as in Utrecht, London, Bilbao, Cyprus, Illinois, Venice, New York, Moscow and Sydney. Highlights include inclusion in the 4th Biennale in Moscow as well as a satellite-project at the Venice Biennale.