HAMBURG.- Annette Wehrmann (1961-2010) took part in the renewed politicisation of art since the 1990s. She employed strategies of self-organisation to develop a highly individual artistic stance located somewhere between sculpture and intervention that drew upon methods of conceptual and action art as well as the language of the Situationist International. Using ephemeral and cheap materials, she produced objects that explore critical tensions around major socio-political issues, dealing with topics such as money, religion, the brain, thinking, the city, the state, television and language.
In her project Ort des Gegen (Place of Opposition), Wehrmann sought out empty spaces within the public sphere that could be charged with individual forms of personal resistance: The ORT DES GEGEN is a site of fracture for purposeless negation, in particular for the aimless passing of time, materialised in the increase/accumulation of waste. It lies somewhere between coming to a standstill and radical liberation, as the artist herself once described it. With the generous support of the Freunde der Kunsthalle, a group of works by Annette Wehrmann, consisting of oversized brick footballs and 20 drawings, has been acquired for the Hamburger Kunsthalles permanent collection, and is being presented here for the first time.
Artist and author Annette Wehrmann was born 1961 in Hamburg and died in 2010 during the construction of an exhibition at Folkwang Museum Essen. She studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. Afterwards she started the project blasting in 1993 a performance-attack against flower-boxes in the City of Hamburg. A year later she got a scholarship of the Hamburger Kulturbehörde.
The exhibition accompanies the award of the Edwin-Scharff-Preis 2012 to the Freundeskreis Ort des Gegen in Annette Wehrmanns honour.
Curator of the exhibition: Ort des Gegen e. V. and Dr. Brigitte Kölle