Anna Ehrenstein & Andrew Gilbert, in collaboration with KOW, Berlin

Zusammen mit KOW, Berlin, zeigt Sperling eine gemeinsame Ausstellung von Anna Ehrenstein und Andrew Gilbert. Die unterschiedlichen künstlerischen Positionen sind verknüpft durch das gemeinsame Interesse an Fragen hegemonialer Strukturen und der Kontrolle post-/kolonialer Geschichtsnarrative.

Anna Ehrenstein nutzt Print, Video, Installation und Skulptur, um die Überschneidungen und Divergenzen von High und Low und deren sozioökonomische und biopolitische Konstitutionen zu thematisieren. Geboren in Deutschland mit albanischen Wurzeln, bilden Realitäten und Reflexionen rund um migrationsbezogene visuelle Kulturen, diasporische Erzählungen und virtuelle Bildwelten Schwerpunkte ihrer Praxis.

In seinen Papierarbeiten und großformatigen Installationen zeigt Andrew Gilbert die Wiederholung der Geschichte und die Auswirkungen des Imperialismus des 19. Jahrhunderts auf die Gegenwart. Mit absurdem Humor parodiert er parodiert er westliche Geschichtsdarstellungen und Propagandasysteme. Seine Arbeiten sind eine Antwort auf die zeitgenössische Sehnsucht nach dem Empire und die rassistische nationalistische Mythologie der Settler, die sich in den letzten Jahren beispielsweise in der Brexit-Propagandakampagne und dem immer stärker werdenden rechtspopulistischen christlichen Einfluss in den heutigen USA manifestiert.



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Together with Berlin-based gallery KOW, Sperling presents a joint show of works by Anna Ehrenstein and Andrew Gilbert. Their different artistic positions are linked by a shared concern with questions of hegemonic structures and the interpretational sovereignty of post/colonial historical narratives.

Anna Ehrenstein uses print, video, installation, and sculpture to address the intersections and divergences of high and popular cultures and their socioeconomic and biopolitical constitutions. Born in Germany with Albanian roots and raised between the two cultures, her focal points are realities and reflections around migration-related visual cultures, diasporic narratives, and virtual imagery.

In his works on paper and large-scale installations, Andrew Gilbert depicts the repetition of history and the impact of 19th-century Imperialism on the present. With absurdist humor, he parodies Western historical narratives and systems of propaganda. His works respond to the contemporary nostalgia for Empire and racist Settler nationalist mythology, which in recent years has manifested in, for example, the Brexit propaganda campaign and the ever-growing far-right Christian influence in the USA today.


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Andrew Gilbert
'Emperor Andrew's Funeral Procession', 2022

29.5 x 41.5 cm
acrylic, fineliner and watercolor on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Warrior of Truth and Democracy', 2022

41.5 x 29.5 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Hell is a VIP Contemporary Art (tm) Opening', 2021

50 x 65 cm
fineliner watercolour acrylic on paper

Andrew Gilbert
"Get Brexit Done""", 2022

65 x 50 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Life is an Arty Party', 2022

63 x 48 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Brocoli Messiah arrives with Holy Toast', 2022

65 x 50 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'On the Twelfth Day ~ Andrew witnessed the Fall of the Old Gods and Birth of the New', 2021

65 x 50 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Kabul Democracy Burger ! 2022!', 2022

42 x 30 cm
acrylic, fineliner and watercolor on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Grandma Andrew cooking eggs, in her Human Skin apartment, wearing her human skin cloak', 2022

42 x 30 cm
acrylic, watercolor and fineliner on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Andrew in his retirement painting the landscape', 2020

29.5 x 41.5 cm
acrylic, fineliner and watercolor on paper

Andrew Gilbert
'Sacred Parrot Helicopter Invades, Occupies and destroys Britain', 2022

70 x 100 cm
acrylic, fineliner and watercolor on paper

Anna Ehrenstein
Convivial Fiber II, 2020

260 x 40 x 60 cm
sublimation-print on textiles, faux leather, metal, clothing hanger

Anna Ehrenstein
Tools V, 2021

170 x 120 cm
UV-print on perspex disc, chains, clothing rack

Anna Ehrenstein
Convivial Fiber I, 2020

280 x 40 x 100 cm
sublimation-print on polyester, cotton, latex, pvc, metal, shoelaces, clothing hanger

Anna Ehrenstein
Abdourrhamane, 2021

170 x 120 cm
UV-print on perspex disc, chains, clothing rack

Anna Ehrenstein
Convivial Fiber VI, 2021

160 x 40 x 10 cm
sublimation-print on textiles, pvc, clothing hanger, reflective cord

Anna Ehrenstein
Convivial Fiber IV, 2021

190 x 40 x 10 cm
sublimation-print on textiles, pvc, clothing hanger, reflective cord

Anna Ehrenstein
Etienne & Emanuelle, 2021

170 x 120 cm
UV-print on perspex disc, chains, clothing rack