ABOUT ANNINA ROESCHEISEN
Born in 1982 in Rosenheim (GER)
Lives and works between New York and Geneva
Roescheisen is a multimedia artist, a humanist and philanthropist. Her work includes video, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, performance art, and documentary.
Having graduated from the Elite University of Ludwig Maximilian, Munich, Annina Roescheisen has a Masters in History of Art, and political Philosophy and Folklore.
Roescheisen’s work was exhibited in galleries worldwide, including the 56th Venice Biennale, at the GAA Foundation in the context of the European Pavilion. Here, her work was shown among well-known artists such as Daniel Buren and Yoko Ono. From 2012 until 2016 she was on stage for the performance piece entitled “Systema Occam” by French contemporary artist Xavier Veilhan in collaboration with contemporary music composer Eliane Radigue. This performance was shown at the MAMO/ Le Corbusier in Marseille, the Delacroix Museum in Paris, the Hermès Foundation in Paris, and the French Alliance Institute in New York, to name a few.
In 2016, Time Out New York named her as one of the top 10 emerging artists to follow.
In their 2015 review of her series, “What are You Fishing For”, Wall Street International emphasized that “Her “holistic” approach to art allows for a broad spectrum of activities and has seen the artist become an active participator in the human rights field and a collaborator with fellow artists.”
This same work was longlisted in 2015 for the Aesthetica Art Prize.
Her video entitled “A Love story” won the 2016 Born award in the category of Art as well as the International Award of Outstanding Excellence at the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality.
Roescheisen’s multimedia works are held together by underlying concepts such as iconography, poetry, literature, Medieval art, German Romanticism, Gothic architecture, the fairytale, the inspection of dream and reality, and the visible and invisible world. But above all her work deals with the observation, reflection and investigation of humans and their emotions.
Throughout her artistic practice a constant interplay between dream and reality takes place. The medium of video is used to further explore this relationship where it is considered ‘painting in motion and emotion’. The videos are slow and deliberate, the music compositions shaped to form a new level of interpretation, encouraging the viewer to exist outside time constraints, constrictions and pressures. Her work shifts between childhood and adulthood, shedding light on human existence in all its forms.
Roescheisen approaches art as a tool to break down the barriers of elitist thinking and enhance connectivity. Art becomes a universal language, used by the artist in order to disrupt the silence and to bring our innermost feelings to the surface. Roescheisen uses art to promote expressive freedom.
Her quest for social change becomes more and more important through her artistic career. Roescheisen has contributed both through her art and in person interactions to many philanthropic and social projects including autism among children, women’s rights, homelessness, suicide, and, recently, on the topic of peace. Since the end of 2016, Roescheisen is working on her ongoing project entitled: “#WhatBringsPeace”, an interactive and all-inclusive art project, addressing the panhuman quest of individual and global peace.
In the context of Roescheisen’s social and philanthropic engagements she collaborates with institutions worldwide such as the United Nations Foundation and the BWM Foundation. She was invited to multiple public talks including the World Economic Forum (Davos), Global Table (Bogota & Berlin), and Summit of Peace (Bogotá), to speak and share the impact and importance of art from an interdisciplinary approach. She believes art can be utilized to ensure and engage in collaborations with governments, institutions, NGOs, as well as locally with universities and individuals to promote an agenda of sustainability, social welfare, and human rights.
“Art, is a non-verbal and universal, free language, that raises awareness and brings us back to our emotional truth. Where the simple word often seems stuck in the brain, the artistic visual language is piercing to the emotional body and therefore opens new interpretation, freedom and subsequently responsible thinking.”