Verena Stenke is trained in theatre, martial arts, contemporary dance, and holds qualifications as special effects makeup artist and mask maker. Her work combines situational-induced movement and filmmaking, and her studies in Oriental and Social Theatre further contribute to a highly corporal artistic exploration based on the conditions of here and now. She focuses on the concepts of collective memory, conditioning, liminality, figures, light and the idea of union.
German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006, generating art in the mediums of live performance, filmmaking and writing, and through independent curatorship. Their works have been presented widely across Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia and Africa. Their practice is process-led and conceived psycho-geographically in response to architecture, natural surroundings or historical sites. It examines the fragility of the individual within different social or environmental spheres. Exploring what, as human beings, we still have to offer, VestAndPage question our existence within a humanity characterized by social exclusion and global atrocities. Animated by a nomadic, confrontational spirit, they apply the themes of acceptance, resistance, crisis and endurance with a poetic bodily approach to art practice.
(Video still: sin∞fin - Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass)
List of Works