Initiated by the “Mozart 2006 Salzburg” organisation, Irene Andessner produced the “I.A. Mozart(?)” works in Salzburg, Austria. The question mark in the title of the project stands for the question marks in parentheses that can be found in captions and indicate uncertainties regarding the date or the identity of the person portrayed or the painter of a historical portrait of an artist. This is true for many so-called Mozart portraits, including Joseph Grassi’s “Portrait of a Man (Mozart?)” painted in 1785 which Andessner has imitated. In this (self)portrait performance piece, she reflects on the questionable, changing image that society has made of Mozart (and of artists in general) over the times — images that in their physiognomic and characteristic identifications convey the interpreters and their zeitgeist rather than the ostensible person portrayed. The idea of identifying the portrayer with the portrayed is expressed by the initials (I.A.) in the title of Irene Andessner's work which read like the question “I am Mozart?”.
8x10 inch polaroids, lightboxes, C-Prints, videoclip
Gallery Artmosphere Salzburg, Graz Kunst Gallery, Arts society Augsburg, Art Karlsruhe, Art Moskau, Municipal theater Gmunden (videoclip premiere & C-print), Foyer Schloss Leopoldskron, Art Salzburg, Hermes Salzburg, Arthotel Blaue Gans, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Vallette, Malta
C-prints “Selbstportrait nach Grassi 1”, c-prints “Selbstportrait nach Mozart 3” in Hermes box, multiple “Mozart(?)Euro”, “Mozart(?)Kugel“ chocolate balls with c-print.
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