The alley | 2008 | Inkjet/Aludibond/UV-Folie | 2-teilig, 88,9 x 138 cm
Exhibition: Carla Gannis - Jezebel inside
Opening: Friday, April 11th, 18 - 19 pm
Duration: April 11th - 31. May 31st 2008
Opening hours: Tu. - Fr. 14 - 19 pm, Sa. 12 - 16 pm
On April 11th 2008 the exhibition „Jezebel inside" by the american artist Carla Gannis will open at the TZR Galerie Kai Brückner. Her work deals with the female archetype Jezebel - a figure of the old testament - which implied for many centuries heathenism and lust. In modernity she is increasingly linked to nonconformity as for example the main character in the movies „Jezebel" (1938) and „Gone with the Wind" (1939). Today Jezebel is multidimensional: a brave rebel, seductress, feminist icon expressed in books, films and musical interpretations.
In Gannis´ large.scale „new media" artwork she re-invents different aspects of the Jezebel persona via digital collages. A multitude of complex characters is unified in her representations: the nonconformist, the beauty, the rebel, the sex goddess, the victim (bondwoman, slave) and the super hero. Gannis lifts her figures on a newly-created stage from where they radiate strength, intelligence and complexity. They now triumph over mythology, history and stereotypes which have formed and defined in the collective subconsciousness the term of femaleness for generations. Her main characters wear red - just as the historic example, not only as a signifier of lust and sexuality, but as an expression of courage and revolution in resistance of the cliché.
The exhibition comprises large-scaled digital prints, a wall installation, a life-size silhouette and an interactive digital work in terms of a game which can be experienced on the website of the gallery as well as in the gallery itself. In her artwork Gannis expresses her contemporary re-interpretation of the Jezebel-myth through image and metaphor. In the context of the digital age the interpretation of this topic, with the help of computer-based techniques, is only logical and consequent.