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Rebecca Ann Tess [Videonale.12]

*1980, in Annweiler am Trifels GER, lives in Frankfurt am Main GER
Studied at HfBK Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main GER, at Universität der Künste, Berlin GER and at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London GBR

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 "It takes a company to make art great", lampione, Frankfurt, GER [S]

         Reality Manifestos - Can Reality Break Bricks?, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien AUT

2011 A Crime must be Committed, Figge von Rosen Galerie, Berlin GER

         Villa Romana - Preisträger 2011, Villa Romana, Florenz ITA

2010 New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main GER

         Not Dad Yet Sad!, Figge von Rosen Galerie, Köln GER

2010 Das ist die Lebenswelt, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen GER

2009 Videonale 12, Kunstmuseum Bonn GER

         Dude, where´s my career?, MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt am Main GER

2008 Vertrautes Terrain - Aktuelle Kunst in und über Deutschland, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien,

         Karlsruhe GER


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Orchids, 2008, 21:21, sound, colour [VIDEONALE.12]

“A completely normal life together, absolutely nothing else,” is how a seventy-two-year-old lady describes her relationship with the gay Peter as we follow her voice telling us about her memories for twenty minutes. What sort of meaning a concept like normality can develop in the most intimate areas of life is the theme of Rebecca Tess’s Orchids. How should one live? How is one allowed to live? Orchids provides viewers with a living example, confronting them with the conventions to which they themselves are probably subject. The narrator’s elucidations of family, love, and relationships are illustrated with a slide show made up of found footage, which is thematically clocked to the narration. Instead of the family photo album, the viewer sees media images from newspapers, magazines, films, and the Internet. In their confrontation with the personal views of a model of an unconventional life, they subvert the visual and narrative canon that influences our notions of normality. Throughout the work, the images—some of which are in semantic correspondence to the narrative, while others are in opposition—constitute a continually coherent visual alphabet that offers viewers room to investigate the clichés that underlie their ideas of values. Tess’s work demonstrates that “normal” can also mean “transgender”, and leaves it up to each viewer to question his or her own world of stereotypical images.

Maren Haffke

Rebecca Ann Tess [ Videonale.12 ]