ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012
Lost in Translation. New Biographies of Artists

Self-images and Monologues


Guy Ben-Ner »Drop the Monkey« 2009

Text by Antonia Marten

Contemporary art thematizes the conditions of its own production with increasing frequency. For many of the artists participating in this circus of international exhibitions, it is the analysis of this complex web of relations between the protagonists, platforms and institutions of the globally networked art world that is of primary concern. This prompts the question as to what role(s) the artist himself assumes within this structure so as to maintain his or her position within it, and/or the effects of this on the constitution of present-day artistic identity.Continue reading ...