"Authenticity has always been a central question in discussions concerning society. It is continuing to gain importance with the emergence of new phenomena such as fake news, alternative facts and instant online control possibilities. However, our definition of an authentic being or an authentic object and our understanding of how the two relate to each other tend to differ, often in line with cultural and geographical variance despite our global connections.
The photographic element of this multidisciplinary work consists of portraits in Albania and figurative fake-stills of brand imitations and counterfeit luxury out of the studio. They are what we call an imitation, a fake or a bootleg. How is a fake defined in contemporary society ? And what reasons do people have to interact with these objects? Can they be judged by their materiality or does their presence as imitations confine them to a shallow world of the pseudo-luxury ?
As a young woman, born and raised in Germany with Albanian origin, reflection on representation and self image and their cultural differences have always played a major role in my life. Due to the fact that I will never genuinely be part of either the German or the Albanian society, I found my voice in the meta-position of an observer. The question of whether or not, especially in the post-communistic context of Albania, visual and sexual self-determination as well as femininity are empowering young women globally plays a key role in this body of work. The communist cry for ‘necessity’ and the feminist cry for ‘naturalness’ contrast with the human desire for experimentation, self- expression and speculation.
Since we are all products of a multi-faceted mesh of influences, what is it that makes us and the objects we are related to authentic ? "
The series Tales of lipstick and Virtue by Anna Ehrenstein was on display at the Rencontres d'Arles festival 2017 as part of the "BYOPAPER / Bring Your Own Paper" event during the opening week.
This book is part of the BeSpoke collection of publisher Editions Bessard and includes a signed C-Print (format 16 x 22.5 cm).
28 pages - Linen hardcover
Editions Bessard, 2017 (250 copies)
Format : 19 x 26.5 cm
*w/ Signed Print*
New - Mint condition
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