Annika Koops I Didn’t Ask To Be Born
Opening: Tuesday 12 June, 6-8pm Dates: 12-30 June 2007
‘I didn’t ask to be born’ focuses on the grotesque through the lens of commercial culture and how the marketing of identity distorts and intensifies the psychological instability of adolescence. Koops’ work illuminates societal incongruities relating to the increasingly hybrid manner in which age is approached both socially and in visual culture and negotiates the tensions and subtle correlations between painting and photography.
Annika Koops is an artist whose work explores the impact of networked technologies upon human relations and the formation of self. By exploring new representational paradigms involved in the intertwining of painting, photography and computer generated imagery, her work reflects upon the break down of barriers between physical and virtual space and its psychological implications.
Annika has been the recipient of a number of significant grants and prizes including the Australia Council for the Arts British School, Rome Residency, The Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Traveling Fellowship, Australia Council New work grant and an Australian Postgraduate Award. She has been invited to participate in a number of International exhibitions such as the Inaugural Bristol Biennial and the Project(or) Exhibition Rotterdam as well as having exhibited at a range of public institutions, artist run spaces and private galleries in Australia. She has undertaken National and International residencies as well as having work in significant Australian public collections such as Art Bank and MONA Hobart. She is represented by Bett Gallery Hobart.