Ann Lee depicts a 13-year-old girl introducing herself as the real version of Ann Lee – a character from Japanese manga. She appeared for the first time as an avatar in the project of Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe No Ghost Just a Shell (1999) which consisted of posters, animations and sculptures. After almost 15 years she is revived in Tino Sehgal’s work. The girl moves like a doll, as if she wasn’t sure of her status and has never met living human beings before, and hence asks many questions. She causes cognitive dissonance in the audience, a feeling that her existence rests on their presence. Tino Seghal’s art comes always in the form of a seemingly one-time and temporary “living sculpture”, interactive human installation based on movement and spoken word. This art does not exist without audience, who becomes its co-creator. Ann Lee was presented as a part of an exhibition 11 rooms, curated by Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London), shown, among other places, at Manchester International Festival 2011 and Ruhtriennale 2012.
TINO SEHGAL, is an economist by education, a dancer and choreographer. Initially, he collaborated with stage artists, including Xavier Le Roi and Jerome Bel. For a few years he has been an author of concepts and a director of actions which he calls constructed situations and to the performance of which he most often employs other people. Tino Sehgal’s art is alive only in the space of action and the memory of audience and participants. Participants creating an installation - through their movement, singing and conversations - interact with the visitors of the exhibition. Tino Seghal exhibited his works in the most prominent galleries in the world, such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tate Britain in London and Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the ranking of “Flash Art” for the most promising artist announced in 2007, the then-30-year-old Seghal ranked second (right after Wilhelm Sasnal), outdistancing several hundred artists of worldwide renown.
Artist: Tino Sehgal
Producer: Asad Raza