(Magenta, Smaragd, Blue)
Paper, ink, wax
Anna Schapiro’s works navigate between sculpture and painting. In contrast to the classical notion of an artwork with a determined form, her pieces are flexible and often adapt themselves like a second skin or surface to the respective site. The given space is not only the place where the work is staged, it becomes the work’s vis-à-vis and medium. For Anna Schapiro, as for many other artists of the show, the Jewish part of her family history and thus of her identity or even her artistic work is not firmly defined, but remains an open question. Identity as a form of dialogue and interaction, combined with the search for corresponding artistic forms, is perhaps an important stimulus here. Her works are crumpled strips of paper that were dyed and dipped into wax. The work process is completed by gravity, leading to wondrous structures vacillating between ossification and motion. Identity was long grasped as something ‘fixed’; based on a ‘core personality’, the self was interpreted as stable and unambiguous. Today, in contrast, we experience our identity as dynamic; it is in no way rigid, but can be shaped and altered. This dynamism is also expressed in Anna Schapiro’s art. Her paper works have taken on a form for the moment, but they can change again. In regard to the notion of a (Jewish) identity, this would imply: ›It doesn’t exist! There are only different ones. And these different ones are themselves subject to change.‹ This approach also bears a moment of freedom. Against this background, Vot ken you mach?, ›What can you do?‹, must also be read as ›What do I want to do?‹
Anna Schapiro (* 1988 in Moscow) lives and works in Dresden.