- Februar 28, 2013
- ALEXANDRA RANNER
*1967 in Berlin (GER), lives and works in Berlin.
Alexandra Ranner’s work encompasses video, photography, and installations. In the video shown here, “Ich habe genug” (I have enough; 2005), Ranner combines two contrary basic motifs. The head of a man is floating in a river, like the head of Orpheus in the River Hebrus. In the Greek mythology, Orpheus’s decapitated head kept singing. Here, the decapitated head of the man sings the Bach cantata “Ich habe genug” (hence the title of the piece), expressing the joy of the approaching end after a fulfilled life. The theme of the beheaded Orpheus is condensed into an ambivalent image through the song yearning for death. Alexandra Ranner projects the film in a closed room that cannot be entered but can only be viewed through a picture window. This device at once creates distance to the theme and theatrically charges it. Questions spontaneously arise concerning the dichotomy of life and death, the pain of life and the joy of death.