Anna Baranowski was born in Bytom, Poland in 1983. Today she lives and works in Leipzig. As a contemporary artist and filmmaker Anna Baranowski works on omnipresent, existential questions of the human being in a highly diminished and accented way. The techniques vary between video installation, photography, sculpture and interventions in the media public space. An always returning subject of her works is the struggle between power and faint in current society. In doing so, she looks at historical legacies in everyday life and reflects collective psychological phenomena of human behaviour. Observations of humans in the mass-media discourse serve as the resource for her social studies. Besides, digital social networks open to her doors to worlds that once have been closed. In the field of experimental and documentary film Anna Baranowski focuses on Direct Cinema. She always uses documentary material in her works. In addition to her own in detail composed cinematic images, the use of archival footage is central to her experimental films. She uses a wide variety of sources, such as amateur footage, NASA or military footage. By taking them out of their original context, her works unleash new meanings. In her artful collages there are always sequences that jar, that if anything skew obvious expectations and for that very reason trigger inner processes.
2012 Diploma Fine Arts / exam passed with distinction
2005 - 2012 Studies of Media Art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the Class for Mass Media Research and Art in Public Media Space (Prof. Günther Selichar)
scholarships / awards
2020 Artist in Residence at the Off Season Residency in Vlora, Albania (Goethe-Institut Bukarest, AFCN - Administration of the National Cultural Fund Romania, Goethe-Zentrum Tirana)
2018 Scholarship by the Bonn Art Foundation (Stiftung Kunstfonds)
2018 Artist in Residence at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, Ohio, USA
2018 Nominated for the 3rd PORTRAITS - Hellerau Photography Award
2016 Sponsorship by the Ministry of Justice, Cultural and European Affairs Schleswig-Holstein / production of the project „relics“
2016 Nominated for the 6th International Marianne Brandt Award
2016 Artist in Residence at Otte 1 – the Schleswig-Holstein Artists Residency in Eckernförde, Germany
2015 Sponsorship of the production of the artist´s monograph by the Arts Council of the Free State of Saxony
2014 Scholarship by the Arts Council of the Free State of Saxony
2008 Received the first prize of the study award of the Academy`s Association
2018 Collection of the Thuringian State Museum Heidecksburg
2013 Collection of the Kunstfonds (Art Fund) of the Free State of Saxony
An exhibition in times of the suspended public
From May 1st to August 30th, 2020
HALL 14 - Center for Contemporary Art Leipzig Cotton Mill
PRELUDE: ARCU & OHM, Ya-Wen Fu, Sebastian Gögel, Angelika Rochhausen, Johannes Rochhausen
FROM THE COLLECTION: Sven Bergelt, Jens Besser, Nori Blume, Nadja Buttendorf, Yvon Chabrowski, Lutz Dammbeck, Eckehard Fuchs, Rainer Görß, Janet Grau, Falk Haberkorn, Harry Hachmeister, Mark Hamilton, Lena Rosa Händle,, Andreas Hildebrandt, Margret Hoppe, Britta Jonas, Susanne Keichel, Anja Kempe, Dirk Lange, Nora Mesaros, Dominik Meyer, Bruno Raetsch, Martin Reich, Evelyn Richter, Ute Richter, Daniel Rode, Ricarda Roggan, Luise Schröder & Anna Baranowski, Matti Schulz, Tilo Schulz, André Schulze, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, VIP, Ya-Wen Fu, Christoph Wetzel, Katrin Winkler, Tobias Zielony
Nevertheless: Art is there for everyone! The 19th century founded museums and art associations. In the 20th century, the educational reform movement invented museum pedagogy to address new target groups. In the second half of the 20th century, a state-sponsored museum boom renewed the ideal of a culture for everyone. In the GDR, an order system ensured the production of pictures that corresponded to the socialist ideas of popular and educational art. There was no free art market. Today digitalization and net art renew the promise of accessibility and the production of art by everyone.
On the occasion of the 10th edition of the annual purchase exhibition of the cultural foundation of the Free State of Saxony "WIN / WIN", the project "ART (re_public)" takes a look at the collection of the art fund of the Dresden State Art Collection. The works of art that the Free State of Saxony has been buying from artists every year since 1992 are collected and researched here. The Saxon Cultural Foundation has been making this purchase since 2005. An independent advisory board decides on the purchases. In this way, more than 1,000 works have entered the Kunstfonds' collection over the past 30 years. After the previously changing presentations at different locations in Saxony, the purchases have been presented to the public since 2011 immediately after the jury meeting in the exhibition series "WIN / WIN". The aim of the »KUNST (re_public)« project is to explore the current relationship between art and the public using works from this collection.
This project was planned before the effects on the public life due to the worldwide spread of the novel corona virus were even conceivable. Until recently, no one would have believed that the almost complete standstill of the public - worldwide - was possible. Now it is a matter of reinventing the relationship between our art institution and the public under the new conditions - always with the perspective that the restrictions can not only be reduced, but also strengthened again. Large openings and spinning tours will probably not be in the foreseeable future. It is still necessary to develop how events, school projects and courses can take place. The project will start on May 1, 2020, 15 years after the first large tour of the spinning mill, virtually on our online platforms. We present works from the collection and people related to them. The team at HALLE 14 put together a selection of works from the art fund during the lockdown. Can computer programs be helpful in the future to develop exhibitions and make collections more public? The artist Tillmann Ohm developed the artificial curator ArCu, who also made a selection of works from the acquisitions since 2011. We now want to discuss this selection with our audience - first online, later also here on site.