The artistic oeuvre of the British artist Anohni, mainly known to German audiences as the musician and singer Antony Hegarty, has been exhibited in Europe for the first time at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in 2016. Anohni, whose works highlight the intersection of various media and art genres, has become an important symbol of identification for the transgender and transsexual movement in New York in the past decade. As an activist, she has been a strong advocate for minority rights. Exposing political and social inequalities is also a central theme of her artistic works. Anohni occasionally supports radical, ethical principles from which she creates art that doesn’t merely envision political goals, but works to make them happen. This bipolarity in Anohni’s life – her artistic endeavours on one hand and her political commitment on the other – was reflected in the concept of “My Truth”. Anohni herself was the curator of the exhibition which included works by Peter Hujar, James Elaine and Kazuo Ono. In focussing on these three artists, she drew references to her own artistic work and the points of contact to other art genres. The exhibition included works by Anohni, with which she highlights her political commitment. A symposium with a dance performance and concert supplemented the exhibition project, which will be staged at additional venues in Europe.
Artistic director: Friedrich Meschede
Artist: Anohni (GB) and others