“ONE is a work made for the public.
Originally created for the Circa 20:20 New Years Eve countdown to 2021, I am honoured for it to now be a part of Norman Rosenthal’s curation. The video embodies my hopes for 2021 to be a year of change, marking a new period for us all where we stand up for freedom and peace while standing together against structural racism and structural misogyny everywhere.
The work is derived from an experiment of isolating a key element from my performance ’SEX’ and displacing it into a natural setting — the seaside landscape of Normandy. The collaborative nature of my work is cyphered down to a performance of one. Eliza Douglas futilely whips the incoming tide as the sun sets beyond the horizon. The curving horizon is interrupted only be the faint gesture of a lighthouse in the distance, creating a dialogue with the imagined British shore beyond.” - Anne Imhof
Anne Imhof (b. 1978, Giessen, Germany) imbues bodies and things with excessive libidinal charge, choreographing figures and staging objects to render intimate portraits of radical dis-identification. Ephemeral, yet violent longings are distributed through avatars of the artist’s self, particularly Eliza Douglas, her artistic partner and muse. Douglas first took center stage in Imhof’s Faust (2017) at the German pavilion during the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia for which she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
"Thousands of Venice Biennale veterans will remember queuing outside the German Pavilion in 2017, watching caged Dobermans chase tennis balls while industrial thuds offered ominous warnings of the performance to come. Anne Imhof’s durational performance, Faust was a microcosm of the world’s wider struggle with power and complicity. Like voyeurs in somebody else’s dream, we peered into..."
CLICK HERE to read a review of Anne Imhof's 2017 FAUST exhibition at the German Pavilion.