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Anastasia Klose

b. 1978

Anastasia Klose’s work explores the outer reaches of pure embarrassment through a self-imposed regime of apparently humiliating public performances documented for the camera. Of course, Klose is the author of her own adventures, examining the detail of a highly subjective response to the world while questioning the role of the creative individual – the artist – in the contemporary world. 

Klose’s video works such as Bonjour Paris, Je suis une artiste Aussie! [2007] and Film For My Nanna [2006] are particularly fine examples of the artist’s methodology. In Bonjour Paris the artist is seen wandering along the Seine in Paris holding a punning sign that reads Bonjour Paris! Je’ Suis une artist [Aussie]’. Klose is clearly mortified by her own actions. Film for My Nanna sees the artists wandering the streets of Melbourne, again holding a sign, this time reading: Nanna, I am still alone, except this time Klose is wearing a second-hand wedding dress. 

Klose’s early video works set a high bar for disturbing behaviour caught on camera. In The Toilets with Ben [2005] – made while an art student – is a documentation of her attempts to have sex with a fellow student in the art college’s disabled toilets. It’s follow up - Mum and I watch ‘In the Toilets with Ben’ [2005] - is self-explanatory and a spectacularly excruciating documentation of the artist exposing herself in a way more intimate and disturbing than the original. Klose’s examination of her own motivations is the shadow subject behind the self-deprecating facade and shock value of the videos, Klose cleverly playing with popular notions of artistic integrity, public decorum and romantic notions of the self. A trio of recent works - Lives of the Great Poets [2009], As if on a cloud [2009] True Love [2008] – extends these ideas quite literally, conflating the work and life of Lord Shelley with footage shot in her own backyard. 

Andrew Frost
Period of activity 
from 2004
Other works 

Selected solo exhibitions: The Happy Artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, 2009. Anastasia Klose - The Best of...Spacement Gallery, Melbourne, 2006. Azlan vs. Anna,Dudespace, Melbourne, 2005. Resting Place Span Gallery, Melbourne; White Cave ‘Black Hole’, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, 2004. 

Other group exhibitions 


Selected group exhibitions:  Revolutions: Forms that Turn: The 2008 Biennale of Sydney, 2008.The Prometheus Visual Art Exhibition and Award, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac, Queensland; Melbourne Operatic Te Tuhi-The Mark, Pakuranga, Manukau City, New Zealand EnduranceBlindside Gallery, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, New 07 The Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Thanks Duchamp!! Cite International Des Arts Gallery, Paris, 2007.Art Smash Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne, 2006.   

Selected publications: Recent Video Art, Art and Australia, December, 2007.  Art Matters - New 07Melbourne Community Voice, May 5, 2007. Melburnin’ -Top 10 exhibitions of 2006 Trouble Magazine, December 2006,Undiscovered – Our Rising Art Stars – Anastasia KloseAustralian Art Collector, April 2006, Issue 36, Master of my inferiority, Be Young and Shut up, September 2006.