ANOHNI: MY TRUTH
Through October 16 the Kunsthalle Bielefeld will present the exhibition Anohni. My Truth. Anohni, born in 1971, is the singer for the renowned New York-based avant-garde group, Antony and the Johnsons. Anohni herself has curated part of the show. Here, the artist gathers a number of works by others that were, and still are, important to her. They include the photographs of Peter Hujar (1934 – 1987), whose work documented key figures of the New York underground during the 1970s and 1980s. His portraits of artists, dancers, and intellectuals were juxtaposed with images of decay and death to create an existential meditation. The drawings and sculptures by the American artist James Elaine (b. 1950) will be shown for the first time in Europe. Elaine is an artist from California, who, in his own way, has created images of great melancholy. Finally, Anohni refers to the Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Ohno’s performances combined traditional Japanese dance, German expressionism, and memories of manifestation and trauma, and have exercised considerable influence over Anohni’s own work and approach.