Video artist Vanessa Hafenbrädl, together with Anna McCarthy, is creating an audiovisual work for Frankfurt’s Snow-White Monument. The well-known story by the Brothers Grimm is visually reinterpreted and its content revised, with the aim of making the protagonist’s multi-aesthetic psychogram perceptible on a subconscious level.
The work questions the archetypes of envy, need of protection, domesticity, and thus sets the fairytale in contemporary discourse. The role of male savior is questioned - there is speculation about other forms of rescue, about solidarity, charity and friendship, in place of traditional patriarchalism. With Hafenbrädl's in-camera technology and use of glass and light splitting, clichés are expanded and portrayed. The images serve to distort, destroy and ultimately equalize ideals of beauty and characters alike. The story moves in a circle - in both image and sound.
The accompanying radio play is written and arranged by British musician and artist Anna McCarthy. A repetitive ride, underscored by the work of musician Salewski. Music and voice overlays support the hypnotic multi-aesthetic experience to thrust the viewer into the subconscious, where complexity reigns.
Vanessa Hafenbrädl (*1979) is a video artist. As her works are created "in camera", she does not use pure animation, but transports controversy with her own aesthetic.
Anna McCarthy (*1981) ist Künstlerin und Musikerin. Ihre Arbeiten kennzeichnen sich durch einen interdisziplinären, kollaborativen und politischen Ansatz. Sie studierte an der Kingston University of Art & Design London, Akademie der bildenden Künste München und Glasgow School of Art.