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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Annelies Strba: Slected Works from the NYIMA Series
July 22 – August 15, 2008



Annelies Strba is considered one of the most innovative multimedia artists of her generation. Exploring the notions of time, history, and collective memory, she has approached a large variety of subjects, ranging from the urban landscapes of Kobe, Paris and New York, to intimate portraits and depictions of nature.

Strba’s best-known bodies of work, entitled Shades of Time, AYA, and NYIMA, depict her immediate family: her two now-grown daughters, son, as well as several grandchildren. Over the past two decades, she has developed a cohesive chronicle by using photography, digital media and film. Part cosmology and part fairy tale, Strba's works are equally personal and poetically abstract documents of those who have defined her physical and emotional life. In the portraits, Strba’s subjects are either captured while immersed in intimate domestic situations–in the chaos of untidy rooms, sitting at the dining room table, grooming their hair, sleeping - or while loosing themselves in nature. The latter are usually taken around the family homes just outside of Zurich or in the Swiss mountains, where they spend many weekends and holidays. Overall, the story told is a deeply personal narrative of intertwined lives, evolving relationships, memories, reactions, as they are played out in time, and the nostalgic realization that everything is constantly subject to change.

Using a digital camera, Strba creates film and still images that she later colors with the aid of computer programs. This digital manipulation provides Strba’s images with a strong sense of painterliness and allows her to abandon naturalism and realist details in favor of complex visual textures. Though trba might employ technology that is associated with the cool visual language of a technophile New Economy, her work is far from it. Instead, it embraces a sense of otherworldliness known from 19th Century Romanticism or the work of Viennese Expressionist Gustav Klimt, for example, yet without loosing its strong contemporary aesthetic.

Annelies Strba was born in Zug, Switzerland in 1947. Since she began showing her work in 1990, it has often been curatedinto group shows alongside other artists known for their origional take on family, society, and everyday subjects, such as Nan Goldin, Shirin Neshat, Pipilotti Rist and Wolfgang Tillmans. Strba has exhibited extensively in Europe, primarily in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, England, and France, as well as in the United States. Her works will be exhibited at the Brontë
Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire (August 1 – October 31, 2008) and were recently featured at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessalonica (2007), the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2007), as well as at the Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague (2005). Recent group exhibitions include projects at Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tate Gallery, Liverpool; the European Museum of Photography, Paris; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.




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