Anna Jermolaewa, Becoming Concrete (2016)
The repurposing of support posts as dance poles instantly transforms dangling conduit into gymnastics rings and drywall boards into exercise mats. In Anna Jermolaewa’s piece Becoming Concrete, a muscular pole dancer, an athletic gymnast, and a young man of average build work out on three ceiling props. While the first two seem to defy the power of gravity, the latter clings desperately to the pole. The crude construction site is recast as a carefully arranged stage. The deliberately chosen colors of the sportswear and the rubber boots placed next to the door provide visual accentuations, while the seriousness with which the protagonists perform their exercises reinforces the seemingly absurd interplay between shaping space and shaping the body.
Vienna-based artist Anna Jermolaewa (* 1970) analyzes stereotypical role models in totalitarian systems. In her installations, photographs, and videos, she exposes the power and control mechanisms of political structures and brings the resulting collective and individual experiential processes to the fore. A fundamental interest in everyday situations and a keen, often humorous eye for their details are typical of her work.