Anna Berndtson

Performance is the foundation of my artistic practice, working foremost with Long Duration Live Performance Art. The public is essential in my work, as their presence becomes part of the live experience.

Being present over several hours or even over several days is the main challenge in this art form. The sustained long duration can simultaneously be perceived as both exciting and boring, both eventful and monotonous. The mission to stimulate the public, capture their attention and keep it, is reflected in the endurance of the artist, as the public experiences the passing of time and the continuity of space.

Simultaneously I work on maintaining the position, the presence and the concentration on what is performed. To me it is imperative to always renew my ideas and ways of working and I see it as an enrichment to constantly work with new materials and subject areas. I transgress boundaries with my own body and perception at the centre of my work. With minimalism as a goal the reduction of the image is fundamental in my performances, videos and photographs.

I was born in 1972 in Malmö, Sweden but have both lived, worked and studied in England and Germany. I graduated from Dartington College of Arts, UK in 1999 and in 2001 joined the performance class of Marina Abramovic at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany, where I graduated with a Diplom in Fine Arts in 2005.

In 2003 I co-founded the performance duo, TBL (TallBlondLadies), together with the German artist Irina Runge, also a student of Marina Abramovic.

I have performed and exhibited work extensively including; Fondation Beyeler, Basel, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, Liljevalchs, Stockholm, The LAB Gallery, Dublin, Artists Space, New York, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and VV2 at the Venice Biennale.

Recently I received residency grants from amongst others Bergman Estate on Fårö, Nordic Artists’ Centre Dalsåsen and Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, as well as working grants from Konstnärsmämden and Aase & Richard Björklunds fond in Sweden.


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photo credits:

1 Churned Photo: Unknown/©Anna Berndtson

2 Creation Photo: Teena Lange/©Anna Berndtson

3 Live Collage Photo: video still/©Anna Berndtson

4 Apostlahästarna Photo: Mathias Mangold-Sublim/©Anna Berndtson

5 Self Stress Relief (MAC)Photo: Hanna Levy/©Anna Berndtson

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