In her first New York solo exhibition, Anna unveils her latest series, Words for Women, and revisits her collection of candid self-portraits, 10 Commandments. Friemoth playfully re-examines these innate concepts by defying and challenging their validity. She portrays herself (and others) in each photograph as mischievous, lustful and devious – all through wry implications.
In Words for Women, Friemoth ridicules labels often reserved for women by extracting their literal context and mocking their absurdity. “Sugar Tits” depicts a model’s breasts caked in scrumptious frosting, “Trophy Wife” presents Friemoth as a gleaming statuette on a pedestal. When these words for women are visualized, however sensual, they are merely a reflection on the contemporary society and its biases.
In a series of self-portraits, 10 Commandments provides a devilish interpretation on the Biblical laws by illustrating ways they can be broken -- whether it's absconding with a painting or impishly removing a wedding ring. Each frame is highlighted by meticulously chosen elements – be it a rotisserie chicken, a dartboard or a rotary telephone – and Friemoth’s arresting gaze, which serves as an invitation to the other side.
In each series, Anna Friemoth absorbs the original context and then reformats it into a fresh, interpretive narrative. Words for Women conveys real confidence in the power of portraits, and builds on the premise that imposing a boundary on an idea or a person is a futile attempt.