Annelies Kamen

US, 1988
  • resident
    • 2021 – 2022

Artist statement

Annelies Kamen’s work engages with language and humour, playing with the power dynamics of joke-making.
By employing jokes as an artistic methodology, Kamen allows for the nearly simultaneous apprehension of two conflicting realities to exist in objects and images – creating not just comic objects, but comedian-objects. Comedian-objects are pragmatic, as an object that tells a joke must function with a minimum of fuss. Kamen’s research also encompasses the historiographical exploration of jokes in visual culture. To make a joke, one must voluntarily cede power to an audience, and the comedian must in a sense be able to afford that temporary loss of power. Working from a feminist perspective, Kamen consciously engages with this relationship of power and jokes by freely claiming and relinquishing the power to be pathetic.

From the Open Archive tagged with Annelies Kamen

  • HR.Annelies.Kamen.RijksOpen2022.photo.by.sander.van.wettum--4.jpg
    • Fountain (Bad Landlord), 2022, artificial ceiling (wood, plasterboard, hardware), irrigation pump, water glazed ceramic, stainless steel. Studio installation
  • HR.Annelies.Kamen.RijksOpen2022.photo.by.sander.van.wettum--2.jpg
    • Fountain (Bad Landlord), 2022, artificial ceiling (wood, plasterboard, hardware), irrigation pump, water glazed ceramic, stainless steel. Studio presentation
  • HR.Annelies.Kamen.RijksOpen2022.photo.by.sander.van.wettum--3.jpg
    • Fountain (Bad Landlord), 2022, artificial ceiling (wood, plasterboard, hardware), irrigation pump, water glazed ceramic, stainless steel. Studio presentation
  • HR.Annelies.Kamen.RijksOpen2022.photo.by.sander.van.wettum--6.jpg
    • Mary Jane's Mishap, 2022, smoke modules, microcontroller, the artist's shoes. Part of studio presentation
  • HR.Annelies.Kamen.RijksOpen2022.photo.by.sander.van.wettum--7.jpg
    • FIRST, SECOND, THIRD (BIRD), 2022, steel, glazed ceramic, hardware, birdseed. Installed in the canal side garden
  • Greatest Hits, 2018, video still.jpg
    • Greatest Hits, 2018, video still
  • Free Lunch, 2020, ice, kosher hot dogs. Courtesy and credit Annelies Kamen.jpg
    • Free Lunch, 2020, ice, kosher hot dogs
  • Cunning Array of Stunts, 2021, video still.tif
    • Cunning Array of Stunts, 2021, video still

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