Bianca Kennedy (born 1989 in Leipzig) studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and graduated as a “Meisterschüler”. Kennedy’s works have been shown in museums, galleries and festivals, including the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, the CCBB Rio de Janeiro, the LOOP Festival Barcelona and the Sundance Film Festival.
Her stop motion videos, virtual reality experiences and drawings merge into unconventionally disturbing installations that address physicality and depths of the human nature. With a wide formal range, Kennedy’s works lead deep into the human psyche. Her animations are feverish dreams which unmask suppressed drives and atmospherically explore the limits of what is bearable. Her interest in the staging of the bathtub represents the climax of this confrontation to date; in the 3-channel installation and her drawing series (We’re all in this together, 2018) she gathers all human emotions and brings the viewer into the bathtub (VR all in this together, 2018).
In collaboration with The Swan Collective, they create video and virtual reality works that deal with the future of evolution. Their utopian scenarios propose the fusion of humans, animals and plants (HYBRID, 2016) or a solution to world hunger by eating insects, who in turn are not enthusiastic about this idea (ANIMALIA SUM, 2019).
With “We’re all in this together”, the artist explores the iconography of the bathtub, presenting a three channel video installation which gathers over 200 scenes from different movies. Completed by a series of drawings on the same theme, the installation surrounds the viewer by “immersing” him literally into the videos.
“Lying in a tub comes closest to being in a mothers’ womb, but bathing plays only a minor role in our busy everyday life. Showering is just too effective and eco friendly. Only in movies there is time for taking a bath. The lonely act of bathing is shared in the installation We’re all in this together – even class differences are evened out. And the collection of over 200 scenes from movies demonstrates that at least in a bath tub there is gender equality.”
2021 Drawing Sculpture – Goethe Institute Paris
2020 Zero Waste – Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig
A Closed Mouth Gathers No Feet – Digital Art Space, Munich (S)
Körper. Blicke. Macht. Kulturgeschichte des Bades – Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Trioshow – Galerie Russi Klenner, Berlin
Longing and Fall – Collection Wemhöner, Kunstsaele Berlin
2019 My Fiction and You – Bärenzwinger, Berlin BERLIN MASTERS – Kühlhaus, Berlin
Speculative Natures – Espronceda, Barcelona
ANIMALIA SUM – Falko Alexander, Cologne (S)
Composting the Universe – B 05, Kunstzentrum Montabaur
50 anos de realismo – CCBB Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
auf die nächsten 100 – Lenbachplatz Munich (S)
DIGITAL – e-artis Chemnitz
2018 50 anos de realismo – CCBB São Paulo, Brazil
Loop Discover Award – Barcelona
Touching from a distance – Literaturhaus Berlin
48 Stunden Neukölln, KINDL – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
We‘re all in this together – C-Gallery Milan (S)