Sophie Ernst | the artist
The artist Sophie Ernst
Born 1972, Munich, Germany.
Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan and, Berlin, Germany.
Style and technique of the artist: Video, Sharjah Biennale, Photography,
born in Munich in 1972 and trained as an industrial mechanic at BMW before graduating from the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2000). Ernsts work tends to explore architecture in relation to memory and cultural relativity in works that mix video projection and sculptural installations. In 2003 she was awarded a travel grant to Pakistan from the Prins Bernhard Foundation and has since lived and worked in various places in Asia.
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Sophie Ernst is a visual artist who explores architecture in relation to memory and cultural relativity in works that mix video projection and sculptural installations. She lived and taught in Lahore, Pakistan for several years and is currently a doctoral candidate at Leiden University. 2009 Ernst showed HOME at the Sharjah Biennial 9 Provisions for the Future. In 2008 her work was part of the Pakistan Pavilion at Art Dubai. She was selected for 'Best of Discovery' at ShContemporary, Shanghai, 2007...
Ernst projects colour footage of Muslim men talking about the Islamic concept of heaven, death and dying on to a white alabaster sculpture of the head of a Greek warrior. 'Dying Gaul' again looks at the clash of cultures, and again manages to be a little bit haunting mainly because Ernst keeps freezing the images just as each interviewee's facial features are superimposed and aligned exactly over the features of the sculpture...
We were highly intrigued to find out what brought Sophie to such a "turbulent" region of the world that is generally considered "unsafe" for foreigners, and perhaps even less safe for women! Yet there she is, teaching, organizing cultural shows, even acting on TV, and still pursuing her own passion for video and photography...