Little Sisters: Lunapark Ostia, 2012
Open Air Cinema
Originally shown as part of an installation as part of dOCUMENTA (13) Little Sisters: Lunapark Ostia is a video that focuses on a sisterhood of nuns who manage an arcade in a small amusement park in Ostia, near Rome. The work features a video interview Büttner made while spending time with the nuns at the park, speaking about their work and discussing notions of contemplation, happiness, spirituality and value.
The work of Andrea Büttner includes woodcuts, screen prints, reverse glass painting, sculpture, video, and performance. She often creates connections between art history and social issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame, sexuality, vulnerability, dignity, and the belief systems that underpin them. Her use of imagery evocative of religious themes (particularly those associated with Catholic monastic traditions), as well as her open engagement with philosophical texts, highlight contrasts between the commodification of contemporary art and the intellectual and emotional possibilities offered by other aesthetic modes.
Recent solo exhibitions include Shepherds and Kings, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2018); Hammer Projects: Andrea Büttner, Hammer Art Museum, Los Angeles (2017); and Beggars and IPhones, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2016). An artist’s book, Beggars, was published last year by Koenig Books.
Büttner has participated in São Paulo Biennale (2010 and 2018), dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), British Art Show 8 (2015–17), and KölnSkulptur #9 (2017–19). She is the 2010 Max Mara Prize winner and was shortlisted for the 2017 Turner Prize.
Andrea Büttner was born in 1972. She lives and works in Berlin.