Benno steinegger

Benno Steinegger


Ever since my artistic work is investigating identity. I’m trying to break trough the surface of what appears to capture the complexity of continuously changing identities in contemporary societies. My artworks are questioning the stability of identities and aim to build up dispositives, which give the public the chance to reflect themselves in them, in order to catch aspects of their own changing identities.

In one of my first works, “Cecchini/Scharfschützen” [2006] I investigated common traces of local identities of my home-region, the north-italian South-Tirol. Working with the collective Codice Ivan I investigated identity in relation to what Guy Debord would define the “Society of the Spectacle” and the need to go beyond appearance to find something deeper (performance “Pink, Me and the Roses” [2009]), in relation to the notion of happiness (GMGS_What the hell is happiness [2011]) and in relation to death and life (“Muori” [2013]). My recent video “Aderlass/Salasso” [2014] is an action, which frees mother and son from identification with male violence.

Between 2013 and 2015 I have been working on a long-term project called “The Casting”. It is an investigation of the political implication of the seek for beauty. Practically this research produces several staged portraits in the form of performances of people who are amateurs of different art-forms, such as theatre, dance and voice studies. “The Casting” will become a project for the web, published on this website, which starts from the idea to document and re-write the intense working process of these performances.


Benno Steinegger