D12 / Saccharine © Laura Gianetti
08.10- 17.10.2010 Ana Finel Honigman and Nadja Veblen present Saccharine
Group show with Manon Awst & Benjamin Walther, Maxime Ballesteros, Bruce la Bruce, David Nicholson, Sue de Beer, Amie Dicke, Antonia Dias Leite, Zhivago Duncan, Cecile Evans, Amir Fattal, John Kleckner, Heiko Laschitzki, Laurel Nakadate, Leigh Ledare, Jen Ray, Dean Sameshima and Britta Thie
Saccharine is a curatorial collaboration between Ana Finel Honigman and Nadja Veblen. Ana Finel Honigman is a Berlin-based critic. She writes about contemporary art and fashion for magazines. A Sarah Lawrence graduate, Ana has completed a Masters degree and is completing a D.Phil in the History of Art at Oxford University.
Nadja Veblen is the pseudonym of an academic who Honigman befriended in England; a highly educated 28-year-old British-based feminist scholar who is funding her degree working as an escort. Nadja Veblen’s name evokes Andre Breton’s surrealist novel about an elusive muse and also refers to the economic theory of Thorstein Velben Goods - the notion that a luxury commodity’s value increases as a result of its price, as opposed to the principle that the price is a reflection of its inherent, or even perceived value. Nadja’s real identity will remain a mystery.

Saccharine examines “intimacy” in its various guises - sincere, induced, fabricated or imagined. The artists on view will show work expressing the priceless nature of their own intimate connections or the intricacies, boundaries and implications of selling artificial intimacy.

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