Residency Unlimited


2011 | NYC | Artist

Rebecca Ann Tess

ACMBC_700 ‘A Crime must be Committed’ (2010)

Rebecca Ann Tess (*1980 in Annweiler am Trifels, Germany) studied fine arts at the University of fine arts Berlin, at Chelsea College of Art and Design London, and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Tess is currently featured in the show "New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages," a cooperation between the Frankfurter Kunstverein (FKV); the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; and the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stäedelschule, Frankfurt am Main. Recent exhibitions include: "Not Dad Yet Sad!" at Figge von Rosen Galerie, "Das ist die Lebenswelt" at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, "Past Imperfect" at Beursschouwburg in Brussels, "Videonale 12" at the Bonner Kunstmuseum, and with the Free Class Frankfurt/M. in "Trompe l’oeil Polizei" at the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Tess' practice is mainly based in the field of video and found footage imagery. Topics of interest have recently been queer theory as well as film and television history. Her latest video project is a trilogy that refers to certain stereotypes of character presentation in European and US film history. The first part "Dad Dracula is Dead," realized in 2009, looks back to the cinema of the twenties and thirties, a time of transition not only from silent film to ‘talkies’ but also towards an increasingly regimented film industry. The second installment, "A Crime must be Committed" (2010), deals with the cinematic detective and crime genre questioning the power constellations between the characters.

Rebecca Ann’s is spending 6 months in residency within the framework of the Residency Unlimited / Flux Factory partnership. Her residency  is made possible by Schloss Balmoral, Stiftung Rheinland Pfalz für Kultur (Germany)