Elianna Renner’s artistic work deals with biographies and history. She engages with the ideas of commemoration, remembrance, and forgetting. The focus is often on women, whose fate has been neglected by historiography. Using audio, text, sketches, photography, film, and performative elements, Renner tries to capture biographical traces of forgotten people and their stories.
“For me, home is and remains an external construct. If I am something, then heymish – a feeling which probably best describes being-at-home for me. And this feeling does not necessarily have to be geographically located.” (Source)
As part of the home project, Elianna Renner explores homelessness and the feeling of being out of place and excluded. The installation consists of embroidery on used kitchen towels along with a video loop. The embroideries flirt with traditional handicrafts. But instead of proverbs, the kitchen towels are adorned with Latin terms that refer to medical research by the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers (1909) on homesickness and crime. The video, Trudi True, shows an idyllic mountain landscape in which a person in a mountain costume blows a trumpet. Seemingly playful, the video installation intricately stitches fairy tales and biographical tragedies together with expulsion, flight, silence and homesickness.
Foto: Elianna Renner