The exhibition title combines the word “Pranayama” – an ancient breathing technique – with the word “Typhoon”, an overwhelming and increasingly frequent natural phenomenon that is also the name of a state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. In this solo exhibition, British artist Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press (*1966) presents, among other works, the video Pranayama Organ (2021), which shows two full-size inflatable military aircraft dummies: a Typhoon fighter jet and a Falcon. At dawn, both planes come to life, accompanied by the sound of a haunting church organ. Beanbags in the shape of life-size aircraft parts (Soft Parts: Wing, Flap, Fin, 2022) invite visitors to linger while a fighter jet slowly fills with air and collapses back into itself.
Image. above: Fiona Banner, Pranayama Organ, 2021, High definition digital film, 10:38 min.
Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press lives and works in the UK. Her work explores issues of gender, conflict, language and publications. She uses a range of media including drawing, sculpture, performance and the moving image. The conflict between language and its boundaries is central to Banner’s work. She founded The Vanity Press in 1997 with her book The Nam. Since then she has published numerous works, some in the form of books, others in the form of sculpture and still others in the form of performances. In 2009, she gave herself an ISBN number and registered as a publication under her own name.
We are very pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition on Friday, 16.09. from 17:00 – 22:00 by Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press: Pranayama Typhoon – Soft Parts Wing Flap fin. The artist Fiona Banner, curator Inke Arns and the HMKV team will be on site. Drinks will be available for refreshment. If you can’t make it on the evening, you can take part in a short tour of the exhibition from home via our livestream (in English) from 19:00.
Vernissage: Friday, 16 September 17:00 – 22:00
Exhibition dates: Saturday 17 September 2022 to Sunday 29 January 2023
at the Dortmunder U, Level 3