Ann Oren

Custom Paradise

25.10.2016   - 30.10.2016

Ann Oren is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Tel-Aviv, living and working between New York and Berlin. In her films, videos, and installations, she likes to play with roles. Because she is fascinated by the inability to draw a line between exhibitionism, voyeurism and spectatorship, especially in what she calls herself “the cyber stages,” she creates provocative experiences. She continuously questions the admitted positions actor/spectator to open a dialog and to emotionally lure the viewer into a mental space that engages both critical thinking and the affective dimension.

Ann Oren received a BFA in Film and an MFA in Fine Arts, both from the School of Visual Arts respectively in 2004 and 2007. In 2009, she attended the Skowhegan School of Art. Her work has been shown worldwide in solo exhibitions or screenings such as at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY, Anthology Film Archives, NY, Apexart, NY, The Tel-Aviv Cinematheque and MediaLab Prado in Madrid and in many group exhibitions.

During the exhibition Custom Paradise taking place at SomoS Art House, Ann Oren presented her artwork Deux femmes (for Man Ray). In this 84′ minutes film, Oren collected matching shots from online amateur porn clips. Then she printed the frames and presented them in a video as a paper stack. This unhurried process of paper stacking slows down the otherwise speedy porn media consumption and allows us to examine the female body as sculpture today.

Deux femmes (for Man Ray) creates a dialogue with Man Ray’s porn footage that was found in his atelier after his death in a canister titled “Deux Femmes,” shot in 1937. Man Ray’s preoccupation with the female body as sculpture and the imminence of amateur pornography today, were what necessitated a dialogue to me.”

Ann Oren, Artist’s Statement

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