Astrid Jahnsen, from the series ON YOUR KNEES, 2017

inkjet print on paper , 121 x 121 cm (sheet size)
Acquired in 2021 by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.

© Astrid Jahnsen



Pinakothek der Moderne | Kunst
Collection+ | Room 26


Opening: Thu 19.05.2022 | from 18.00 p.m.
Artist Talk (in english): Thu 19.05.2022 | 19.00 p.m. | Pinakothek der Moderne, Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium
Media Appointment: Tour with the artist on Thu 19.05.2022 | 11.00 a.m. (in english) only after accreditation at

In 2017, Astrid Jahnsen (b. 1972) acquired in her hometown of Lima, Peru, a set of 82 handmade zines dating from the 1950s to 1990s that combine pornographic photographs with texts.
They form the starting point of Jahnsen's artistic exploration in the project ON YOUR KNEES, for which she made highly subtle close-ups of the explicit visual material. With the help of the camera perspective she has adopted, Jahnsen thwarts the male gaze that once sexualised and objectified women in the image. Instead, she concentrates on the women's gazes, on moments of touch or snatches of sentences in the adjacent texts, and develops a new narrative. Through this expansive installation, this latest acquisition presents a current feminist approach in the context of the long tradition of Appropriation Art.

The exhibition is funded by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. and the Stiftung Kunstwissenschaft Köln.

The publication is made possible by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung.

Under the title Collection+, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungene (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in the Pinakothek der Moderne will be presenting studio exhibitions within the context of the collection. Presentations of new acquisitions, loans and artist rooms reveal the laborious work involved in gathering, maintaining and researching the collections, shining a light on the scholarly investigations into them and their contemporary relevance. 

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