Artwork | „My Fire Drill Fridays“ | Kathrin Günter | Prints & Multiples at janinebeangallery | Art Week

„My Fire Drill Fridays“

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27.55906 × 1.1811 × 31.49606 in | cm
The collages of Kathrin Günter have in terms of content addressed diverse agents of environmentalism. For these „portraits“ of persons like Leonardo Di Caprio, Greta Thunberg or Jason Momoa the artist employed digital pieces of images from their Instagram accounts and combined these with pictorial elements of animals to a new fabric. The result are hybrid avatars of humans and animals outfitted with the symbols and gesture of their ecological commitment and positioned in front of a threatening background of forces of nature. Here the depicted personalities ambivalently and ironically reveal their strengths and weaknesses. Kathrin Günter also reflects the potency of selfexpression and the cult of personality as a common projection in the social media. In this context in particular Günter has compiled a book with thousands of printed comments taken from the Instagram account of Greta Thunberg. Especially the reactions on her person illustrate the Janus-faced character and the abysses of social media: on the one hand in their capacity as very potent amplifiers and transmitters of a movement, on the other hand as a reservoir of human malice.
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