Anna-Sophie Berger (b. 1989, Vienna, Austria) is an artist living and working in New York and Vienna. She has had solo exhibitions at Cell Project Space, London (2019); MUMOK, Vienna (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2016); Ludlow 38, NY (2015); White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2015); and Belvedere21, Vienna (2014); among others. She has recently participated in group exhibitions at MAK, Austria (2019); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2019); CACBM, Paris (2019); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2018); S.M.A.K., Ghent (2018); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2018); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017); and Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2017). She is the recipient of the 2017 Ars Viva Fine Arts Prize in Germany; 2016 Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize, Austria; and the 2013 Swiss Textile Award. In September 2020, she will have a solo exhibition at Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn.
Berger originally trained in fashion and has explored issues of protection and care – as they might refer to clothing, housing, public space and law – in her work as an artist. She creates work that connects individual perception and intimate use with questions of material reality as part of socio-economic circulation and consumption. Pertaining to body as much as to space, her objects traverse sites and systems of value and encompass elements of material transience such as malleability or modularity.
Dena Yago (b. 1988 USA) is an artist and writer based in New York. Her recent exhibitions include Image Power at the Frans Hals Museum (2020), Force Majeure at High Art, Paris (2019), The Shortest Shadow at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2018), The Lusting Breed at Bodega, New York (2017), and Made in L.A. at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016). Her fourth book of poetry, Fade The Lure, was recently published by After Eight Books and High Art. Her writing has appeared in the e-flux journal, Flash Art, and Frieze Magazine. Yago is a founding member of the trend forecasting group K-HOLE, and received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2010.
THE GREAT LAYER CAKE, 2020
Our conversation began with the discussion of paths — those between our homes in New York’s Chinatown and Lower East Side, the parks, the bars, and everything in between. One thing became palpable: all paths are now loops, these trails we take are now circles where before they were lines. We are experiencing different ranges of mobility in New York City and Vienna. In New York, even looking at the sky is framed by buildings, whereas in Vienna the natural reserve Lobau provides respite from lock-down apartment life. Poetry is the expression of the well trodden loops of language imprinted on the mind. Untitled (2020) combines our two experiences, distant but concurrent in time through a layering of poetry and filmed footage. A song without sounds and a walk that doesn’t allow for orientation other than the change of light and weather.