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Anna Ihle


OPENING:
06.04.2017, 19:00
07-23.04.2017

Tied Up

My passion and love for my work is of high, high value. I nurture my passion so well, other people want it. I do my work with ease and care, I don´t get sick. – Anna Ihle

Two years ago, Anna Ihle started taking pictures of books she was reading in bed. Her exhibition at Fotogalleriet’s NORDIC ANTHOLOGY project space presents the series Tied Up: a selection of books which have been of influence in her practice.

Since the start of her MFA at Konstfack in 2012, Ihle has been engaging conversations with people about their jobs – or the lack of those. These conversations would include questions such as: When does your work shift end? What counts as work? Hey, what do you think of while working? When are the hours after work recreation and not simply recovery? Ihle herself committed to different work skills, exploring their singular relationships to the conditions of both contemporary work and unemployment.

Ihle’s artistic practice includes weaving – talking to textile workers in Gujarat about the influence of Ghandian philosophy on the textile industry. Furthermore, Ihle practices woodcarving – researching the influence of protestant pietist Haugean ethics on Scandinavian work life – panning for gold by watching Ted Talks, reading about motivation for work.

Similar to the skills she learns, the books she reads are embedded with inherent instructions. Ihle develops long-term projects that include contributions from the context she interrogates. In 2016, with the rise of unemployment in her home town, Ihle decided to relocate her practice, and moved back to Stavanger: the collapsing ‘oil capital’.

www.annaihle.com

LIST OF WORKS (clockwise from the left)

Untitled #1, 2015/2017
from the series Tied Up (2015-)
Giclée print on ColorStar 90g, MDF, framed
122 x 180 cm

Untitled #2, 2015/2017
from the series Tied Up (2015-)
Giclée print on ColorStar 90g, MDF, framed
122 x 180 cm

Untitled #6, 2017
from the series Tied Up (2015-)
Giclée print on ColorStar 90g, MDF, framed
122 x 180 cm

Untitled #7, 2017
from the series Tied Up (2015-)
Giclée print on ColorStar 90g, MDF, framed
122 x 180 cm

Untitled #8, 2017
from the series Tied Up (2015-)
Giclée print on ColorStar 90g, MDF, framed
122 x 180 cm

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