Every three years, Kunsthalle Mannheim and the Hector Foundation award the Hector Art Prize to an international contemporary artist or artist collective. By choosing the Swedish artist Anna Uddenberg, the 2022 jury selected a strong, feminist position. In her work, Uddenberg presents an exciting, demanding, and polarizing view of corporeality, sex/gender, and commodity aesthetics.
Here, the artist explores how body culture, spirituality, and stagings of the self using new technology are interrelated with one another. By using auto body parts and other objects of everyday life in her most recent abstract and figurative works, Uddenberg investigates gender performativity, using sculpture and performance as visual signs.
The exhibition of Kunsthalle Mannheim will feature ten sculptures, five of which were created especially for this show. In her artistic engagement with the medium of sculpture, Uddenberg continues to develop her own formal language using 3D printing and creates an impressive composition that constructs a unity with a daring exhibition architecture.
Anna Uddenberg was born in Stockholm in 1982 and today lives and works in Berlin and Stockholm. She began studying art at Frankfurt’s Städelschule, then transferring to Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, completing her degree there in 2011. Her works have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions and are included in many collections around the world, including Helsinki’s Kiasma Museum, Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, and the K11 Foundation in Shanghai.
Curators: Johan Holten, Pia Goebel