The Olympic Latin motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’) could just as well be a maxim for the growth ideal of contemporary society, with its idealisation of efficiency, performance and adaptability.
Whilst this ideal may have generated economic prosperity for some, the costs are obvious: a culture of exhaustion and the depletion of resources globally, plus a working culture where people suffer from stress, depression and deteriorating quality of life. In her first major solo exhibition in Denmark, artist Hannah Anbert turns a sculptural and playful yet critical gaze on these discordant societal developments.
An interest in the meaning and production conditions of contemporary working life is a central theme of Anbert’s art practice. In performances, sculptures, textiles and installations she has previously addressed the way work has replaced religion as the principal pillar of society, in part as source of meaning and identity in human existence, and in part as a moral duty to be fulfilled in order to have a role in society. In Slower and Cheaper Anbert continues her investigation of these developments and presents a series of alternative views of efficiency, production, and the concept of work.
Hannah Anbert (b. 1984) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016, the same year she was awarded the prestigious Start Point Prize. She has exhibited in Denmark and abroad at GL STRAND and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Kunsthal Nord in Aalborg, Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, and Prague National Gallery. From 2 June this year her works are exhibited at Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art.