Astrid Jahnsen, from the series ON YOUR KNEES, 2017
inkjet print on paper [print 2021], varying dimensions
Acquired by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne for the Sammlung Moderne Kunst
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ASTRID JAHNSEN – ON YOUR KNEESPinakothek der Moderne | Kunst
In 2017, Astrid Jahnsen acquired a set of 82 handmade erotic books from the 1950s/60s in her hometown of Lima, furnished with texts and sensual pornographic photographs. 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 sexualized 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.