1. Events you want to be part of: The Santorini Biennale →

    dear-mirah:

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    After hearing Ann CT (annctart) has been chosen to participate in the 2nd Biennale of Modern Art, I noticed that not a lot of artists know what the Biennale is or why it is important.

    This years Biennale artists were asked to create peace mechanisms, and study why humans lean…

    Thank you!

  2. 'Naked', AnnCT 2014
available via Red Gallery, Nelson. 
SOLD

    'Naked', AnnCT 2014

    available via Red Gallery, Nelson. 

    SOLD

  3. The Thieves, AnnCT 2014
On display @Airport Nelson, available via Red Gallery, Nelson

    The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

    On display @Airport Nelson, available via Red Gallery, Nelson

  4. A clown, the Twin and Me. AnnCT 2014

    A clown, the Twin and Me. AnnCT 2014

  5. Updates on my Website →

    Few Work Drawings I did lately. Ann

  6. Brief and my abstract for

    the Santorini Biennale 2014
    Brief:
    Peace Mechanisms aims to study the harmony between people, the mutual understanding and the respect of differences. Peace and War have been
    the subject of debate for thousands of years in many countries,cultures and philosophies and both of them have led to serious moral
    questions.
    Political systems have always viewed Peace as a state of balance and harmony between individuals and populations in which respect means
    acceptance of differences, in which conflicts are resolved through dialogue, in which people’s rights are respected and their voices
    are heard and everyone is at their highest point of serenity, bearing always in mind that systems usually consider warfare as an inevitable
    and integral aspect for the creation of human culture (which is also inevitable under certain socio-cultural or ecological circumstances!).

    The Santorini Biennale, is calling artists to study and explore causations and reasons of violent actions
    (crisis – conflict – war development), and how the arts can create “a mechanism” against them.

    My abstract:

    ‘You cannot find peace by avoiding life’
    Virginia Woolf.


    My body of work around causation and reasons of violent acts is based on the individual, one human being as any human being, with its own stories being told, scars and about a constant battle of the good and evil in one human mind. The inner conflicts to sustain who one is or want to be, by exposing the sad and innocent as much as the deformations one can cause.

    Human nature by default carries causation for conflict as much as peace activism, with one not existing without the other.
    The Human is a predator, with deeply embedded notions for survival, at any costs as much as the human curiosity for new territories to explore and to conquer.
    As an opposition we as Humans aim for freedom, being in balance with nature, living a meaningful life and being treated respectfully.

    Being born and raised in Austria, I cannot escape the impact and the consequences of World War II, as many of Austrian artist, predominately the post war generation, yet with next generations still to develop their own argumentation on cause and effect and lasting consequences.

    My research, prompted to find my roots within my art, is at this time based around Gottfried Helnwein, who describes and uses his art to raise controversial emotional response by bringing the child as an innocent actor in context with the consequences of war and abuse.
    By reflecting back on Gottfried Helnwein’s work, art can be, especially for the Austrian culture, the image no one wants to see or talk about, yet one that is necessary to understand for the future path of humanity.

    Art can encourage this dialogue and therefore provide a platform for peace mechanism, as much as art has proven in the past to be the vehicle, the propaganda tool for warfare.
    http://annctbraunsteiner.com/2014/06/07/abstract-on-peace-mechanism/

  7. You told me, I will not need to bury my friend. AnnCT 2014 
I found him, shattered into pieces, alongside the road. One and like reaching out for me, but too late to help him out. You stood there, not saing a word, only handing me the shuffle pointing to the soft ground. I looked in your eyes, remembering the words you said, before this all started and got out of hand. I still can hear you, the sweet promise you made, I wonder if you knew or were so blind to think I will never have to bury a friend?  

Work I did for the Santorini Biennale, as an invited artist to apply, theme ‘peace mechanism’.

    You told me, I will not need to bury my friend. AnnCT 2014 
    I found him, shattered into pieces, alongside the road. One and like reaching out for me, but too late to help him out. You stood there, not saing a word, only handing me the shuffle pointing to the soft ground. I looked in your eyes, remembering the words you said, before this all started and got out of hand. I still can hear you, the sweet promise you made, I wonder if you knew or were so blind to think I will never have to bury a friend?

    Work I did for the Santorini Biennale, as an invited artist to apply, theme ‘peace mechanism’.

  8. You told me, I won’t be hurt. AnnCT 2014 
I was young, trusted you, but now I am hurt. My scars are still healing, from inside out, but I will always feel this knife stuck in my bones. My smile is stiff, since I cannot control any of my thoughts.  I lie there, staring up into the blank ceiling, listening to the machine drumming its own song. When will it be over, when I am allowed to go?

Work I did for the Santorini Biennale, as an invited artist to apply, theme ‘peace mechanism’

    You told me, I won’t be hurt. AnnCT 2014 
    I was young, trusted you, but now I am hurt. My scars are still healing, from inside out, but I will always feel this knife stuck in my bones. My smile is stiff, since I cannot control any of my thoughts. I lie there, staring up into the blank ceiling, listening to the machine drumming its own song. When will it be over, when I am allowed to go?

    Work I did for the Santorini Biennale, as an invited artist to apply, theme ‘peace mechanism’

  9. You told me, I did not need to be afraid. AnnCT 2014 

Half of me is gone, left behind in your hands, ripped away, yet you told me I did not need to be afraid. It hurts, it burns, I will never be the same. I once was safe, now the shadows never will go away, nor my own screams. Where is your soft voice, telling me again, I do not need to be afraid?

Work for the Santorini Biennale I was invited to apply for on the theme ‘peace mechanism’.

    You told me, I did not need to be afraid. AnnCT 2014 

    Half of me is gone, left behind in your hands, ripped away, yet you told me I did not need to be afraid. It hurts, it burns, I will never be the same. I once was safe, now the shadows never will go away, nor my own screams. Where is your soft voice, telling me again, I do not need to be afraid?

    Work for the Santorini Biennale I was invited to apply for on the theme ‘peace mechanism’.

  10. The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

    The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

  11. The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

    The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

  12. The Thieves, AnnCT 2014
available via Red Gallery, Nelson

    The Thieves, AnnCT 2014

    available via Red Gallery, Nelson

  13. ...a sense of familiarity.... →

    Shorts on Sundays: My Friend Kills Time
    A Young Artist Slides Off the Grid in the First Installment of our New Film Series

    Crisp mornings and solitary fireside evenings punctuate My Friend Kills Time, a contemplative short from emerging Norwegian filmmaker Jakob Rørvik that portrays a young man’s self-imposed exile in rural Britain. The work’s star is Thomas Duggan, a friend of the director and a design graduate from Central St. Martins who has made sets for London theatre company Shunt, as well as his own products and installations such as chandeliers made from test tubes, sofas from hemp and trays of crystal-forming liquids that catch the light as they transform. In Rørvik’s film, however, he appears as a handsome man with high cheekbones and plush lips who attempts to go about a daily routine in an isolated cabin, whittling down his character to its core. Rørvik’s sensitive narrative films include Scratch, which won the Best Fiction award at the Aubagne International Film Festival 2010. My Friend Kills Time marks a step towards a looser and more documentary form of storytelling for the director—and ushers in NOWNESS’ “Shorts on Sundays” series, dedicated to premiering innovative work from emerging filmmakers. As Duggan’s protagonist builds a house of cards and watches them collapse or drums his fingers on the table to pass the hours, the only interruption is the occasional ring of his mobile phone, reminding him of the outside world. “I wanted to bridge something naturalistic and spontaneous with something poetic,” explains Rørvik of his process, which involved working with Duggan to draw out a fictional character. “The idea of not being around people and the hustle and bustle of London frightened me. Questioning that fear was my starting point.”

  14. A clown, the Twin and me, AnnCT 2014

    A clown, the Twin and me, AnnCT 2014

  15. 'A Clown, the Twin and Me', a series I will install at Art Expo Nelson 2014.

    'A Clown, the Twin and Me', a series I will install at Art Expo Nelson 2014.