Mary-Audrey Ramirez, Herpes is annoying, 2022, digital image, Courtesy of the artist + Martinetz, Cologne
Mary-Audrey Ramirez / Forced Amnesia
Apr 14 – Jun 30, 2023
Kunsthalle Giessen
Giessen, Germany

For her solo exhibition Forced Amnesia at the Kunsthalle Giessen, the Luxembourg artist Mary-Audrey Ramirez has staged a clean, artificial world that addresses the increasingly fragile boundary between the physical and digital space as well as between natural and machine-generated elements.

She playfully circles around the increasing mental fears of our time, in which rapidly advancing technology threatens to replace humans in many areas. Unimagined possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI) that relativizes the limitations of the human mind meet the fear of creating an uncontrollable force, in which the abolition or subjugation of the human is implicit. Even if an uncanny moment resides in the strangeness of the created beings, Mary-Audrey Ramirez highlights the creative potential of AI, especially text-to-image-generators.

Ramirez has created a new body of work for the Kunsthalle Giessen. Digital techniques and creatures that seem to have emerged from a computer game stand at the centre of her work. Her installations give viewers the impression of being in the middle of a game. The contrast between fantasy and real life, and a desire for a direct connection between the digital and physical worlds are integral components of her practice. At the same time, her works are imbued with an apocalyptic beauty, through which a subtle humour sometimes shines. The exhibition at the Kunsthalle Giessen has been realised in cooperation with the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, where it will be on show from February 2 to May 5, 2024.

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