Anna Ihle (NO)
Anna Ihle (b. 1984, Stavanger) has in recent years made works of art that explore the meaning of labour in our times. She sculpts in stone, carves wood, pans for gold and invites others to discuss their work processes. She often asks questions such as: When is your workday over? What do you consider work? Hey, what do you think about while working? When are the hours right after work recreation and not just rehabilitation? Due to her field of interest, Ihle returned to Stavanger in 2016, a time when the city’s inhabitants experienced major changes in their work situation.
Ihle has studied at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Her works have been shown, amongst others, at Konsthall C, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Art Lab Gnesta, Spriten Kunsthall, RAM Galleri, Kunstmuseet in Nord- Trøndelag, Kunstgarasjen and Photo Gallery. Ihle has been chosen as ‘Stavanger Artist of the year 2018’ and has the last two years been one of people running the art space Studio17 in Stavanger. This autumn she will be in Maastricht, at Jan Van Eyck Academie, where she will continue exploring the complicated structures of working life.