Relicts of Mankind

Relicts of Mankind

Relicts of Mankind Relicts of Mankind The future is now, the end of the world has passed. The short story of mankind is over, flora and fauna have peacufully re-conquered the Earth again.  Only fragments of the history have remained from the eyeblink of once powerful human civilication. Britta Benno exhibits a cohesive series of hybrid-painting, drawn-animation and site-specific drawings combined with drawings made especially for the collaborative project at Kulturdrogerie. The repeatetly depicted architectural object, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien located at a dystopical urban landscape after the imagined extinction of human beings, symbolizes transience of power, culture, money, tradition, religion, business and memorisation. Drown or fell under ground museum has lost all the layers of hierarchical power systems men once created in the need of possessing all the nature and land, and becomes just a meaningless relict in a jungle of future. Maybe some creatures use it now as a cave or a nest? Text: Britta Benno  Photos: D. Shammas — 15.12.2018 – 17.12.2018   a is missing Britta Benno, Carina Emery, Demetris Shammas   opening: Saturday, Dec. 15th, 7 pm exhibition: Dec.16th and 17th, 4 – 7 pm    A is the beginning of an orderly system, the first point in a sequence of points connected by a rational line; a line that is consistent with the passage of time and the attachment of meaning. Britta Benno, Carina Emery, and Demetris Shammas deconstruct within their works the succession of events that usually take place in a linear manner, to find a pattern that is a rather layered one, one of overlap, one of things happening synchronously or inversely. Gestures in...
Dystopic Austria

Dystopic Austria

Britta Benno exhibits works from the series made especially for the residency in Vienna, though it derives from the city-specific works the artist have done in Tallinn, too. The series of adapted paintings combined with drawings and other graphics, titled “Dystopic Austria”, depicts urban landscapes after the imagined extinction of human beings. Paintings bought at flea markets in Vienna were appropriated by the artist and modified through the techniques of collage and manual montage. These works can be described as hybrid historical paintings for the future. The artist places images of buildings – reproductions, drawings, etc. – in Biedermeier-like kitschy landscapes of the existing paintings. Images of houses, people, and other figures, which these re-used paintings once contained, were erased, deleted, and overpainted. Their absence highlights the all-conquering power of nature. The depicted buildings are recognisable – they are the ones currently symbolizing power, culture, money, tradition, religion, business, and other institutions. The works remind us that sometime in the future all those buildings may lose their meaning and become old ruins – leftovers of once powerful civilisations. The aesthetics of the images might even evoke a ‘romantic’ kind of nostalgia. What could be described as ‘Ruinenlust’ – the excitement or pleasure that comes from seeing old ruins – reveals a self-ironic stance, common in contemporary societies. In a more sinister way, the project points out the negligence and destruction of the environment and nature achieved through the still withstanding capitalist system. The popular media and news reports present us with dystopic imaginary on daily basis. Yet, one rarely dares to ask: Have we become completely desensitised? Are we oblivious...
Trapped 2017

Trapped 2017

Trapped 2017 Press release : BRITTA BENNO’s (1984) personal exhibition Trapped will be opened in Draakon gallery at 5pm on January 9, 2017. The artist describes her new work as follows: „The accords of the rhythms and sounds of the simultaneous presence in a physical body and in virtual space resonate at a dimly lit drawing exhibition. Next to the motionless charcoal drawings and intaglio prints there are animations, everything being accompanied by sound. The line exits the borders of drawings and extends to the wall and the exhibition space. Breathing, mouse clicking, heartbeat, keyboard clicking. One rhythm, one pulse. I am a human being, therefore I breathe. I am a human being – always connected. Breath peacefully in. And out. Don’t hold your breath. Life is as light as a plastic bag.“ Britta Benno is a printmaker and drawing artist living and working in Tallinn. She has obtained MA degree in the department of graphic art, the faculty of fine arts, at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She currently holds courses of printing techniques and drawing as well as works as an art teacher in the Art School of Old Town Educational College, Tallinn. As an artist, Britta Benno presents autobiographical narratives in her personal graphic language while using various techniques – drawing, printmaking, animation and installation. She has participated in several art groups, curated group exhibitions and art events as well as founded printmaking studio Grafodroom. Britta Benno is a member of Estonian Artists’ Association and the Association of Estonian Printmakers. Her latest personal exhibition Multitasking was held in Hobusepea gallery in 2015. Exhibition will be open...
Multitasking 2015

Multitasking 2015

Multitasking 2015 PRESS RELEASE BRITTA BENNO (1984) will open her personal exhibition Multitasking in Hobusepea gallery at 6 pm on December 16, 2015. Britta Benno is one of the most distinguished young Estonian artists who is consistently active in the field of drawing and graphic art. According to the artist, she looks for the possibilities how to make these media „alive“ in the context of contemporary art while combining physical drawing and projected animation in her video installations. At the same time, in her daily artist practice Benno continuously uses traditional printmaking techniques. The main subjects of the current exhibition – family life, being a mother and at the same time an artist – has intrigued Benno for quite some time. The concept of „multitasking“ inspired Benno when she was reading a website for families with children – the Estonian equivalent (quite an ugly phrase „rööprähklemine“) seemed to the artist an accurate word to define her own life. „Besides having a twenty-three roles at home, I also have jobs in the field of art. While combining these two worlds and roles, I play with the symbols of motherhood and housekeeping in the form of art,“ explains Benno. The most substantial part of the exhibition Multitasking is made by etchings and aquatints that are based on staged photographs where the artist has used reproductions depicting Madonna with children by Raphael, Filippo Lippi, Elisabetta Sirani and others. Benno has used herself and her children as models in her natural, messy home environment for her staged photographs that have been taken by her husband. However, the situation around the strong and proud-looking...
Tilting at Windmills 2013

Tilting at Windmills 2013

Tilting at Windmills 2013 “I fight for the truth and justice in this world of villains. Why oh why there is no one who understands the nobility and chivalry of my intentions! /…/ Yet again and again I just run my head against a wall.”   A windmill is a Mighty Enemy. It is the giant and a unreasonable System; it is the object that inner angst and anger is being poured upon; and the self-destructive / launching part inside us – the branch we are sitting on, while sawing it at the same time.  The mill wheel rotates rumbling on, the circle is repeated again. A noble-soul artist is addressing personal internal tensions and conflicts in a series of works, recognizing a warrior in herself and in her attitude towards the surrounding. Overwhelmed by great and eternal issues, an a small nut in the Big Engine has been engaged in an unyielding fight to search its place in the Sun. Anger, fatigue, disappointment … in spite of all aspiration and achievements, the windmill will be an ever stronger opponent (incl. concerning artistic expression? relationships? …) – such general human emotions have been refined into schematic drawings (self) of grotesque irony. The drawings are discharged from the wall surface in form of mobile flat animations and sometimes get in touch with a three-dimensional form.   The biggest thanks: Ragnar Neljandi (animations), Heigo Eeriksoo (sculpture), Ott Pilipenko (kinetic solution).   The exhibition will remain open until 2nd of February, 2013.   The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of...