Anna M. Szaflarski deals with the porous boundaries of the physical body and consciousness, as well as, how the body is embedded in its environment and constituted by surrounding inanimate objects. With reference to microbiology, literature and art history and loaded with fantasy and science fiction narratives, the works alienate us and irritate our perceptual experience by transporting us into invented worlds. Sensory impressions are confused and body knowledge learned is questioned. This is Anna M. Szaflarski’s first institutional solo exhibition, which combines existing works and new productions created especially for the show. Comic-like drawings show utopian and apocalyptic scenes, a colorful textile mimics the animist illustrations of a Rorschach test, and ceramics imitating household objects animistically blur the relationship between object and subject.
Anna M. Szaflarski (*1984, St. Catharines, Ontario, CA) lives and works in Berlin. The textile is a collaboration with the artist Remko Van der Auwera. The ceramics were created in cooperation with Olga Milczyn´ska.
The exhibition is generously supported by the Embassy of Canada and LBBW Foundation.