September 02 - September 02 2010
Anna Berndtson is the award recipient of the 2010 Fire Station Artists Studios’ and Arts and Disability Ireland Studio Award. Inspired by the history of the north east inner city, this four hour live performance draws on the experience of local Irish women and how this relates back to the artist’s own family history. In addition Anna will exhibit a video work title “Dream Sky” developed during her residency in the Fire Station.
Performance is the foundation of Berndtson’s practice, particularly in the form of long duration performance installations. Her practice also incorporates video and photography where the artist places herself in the centre of the work. Berndtson was born in Malmö, Sweden in 1972. She moved to the UK in 1992 where she studied Theatre Performance at Dartington College of Arts. After graduating in 1999 she moved to Berlin and in 2001 joined the performance class of Marina Abromovic at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany. In 2003 she co founded the performance duo TBL (www.tallblondladies.com ) with Irina Runge. She has performed and exhibited work extensively including Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin ( 2010), The 10th Open International Performance Art Festival, Bejing, China (2009) Artists Space , New York (2007) PS1 MoMA, New York (2006) Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, (2005) and Venice Biennale ( Recycling the Future –VV2 Performance event (2003).
The Fire Station and Arts and Disabilty Ireland Studio Award is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.