Untitled (Scream), 2004
1 min. 40 sec.
Untitled (Scream) is one in a series of artworks (prints, photographs, videos) by Janaina Tschäpe that engage with the image of a mermaid. In these works Tschäpe observes this extraordinary and mysterious creature, inspired by memories, myths and dreams, and investigates her anatomy, her femininity and her dual position of being both a subject and an object. In the current work, Tschäpe‘s mermaid is silently screaming underwater in a frame that moves onwards and backwards.
Janaina Tschäpe (b. 1973 in Munich, Germany, lives and works in New York) is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, photography, video, and sculpture. She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide in different venues including Sarasota Art Museum in Florida, the Musée L’Orangerie in Paris, Kasama Nichido Museum of Art in Japan, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Whitechapel Gallery in London, OCA Museu da Cidade in São Paulo, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan. Her work can be found in important public collections including Centre Pompidou, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among others.
This work is presented with the support of the embassy of Germany