Anna Skladmann’s combines photography and scanning techniques to reflect critically on aspects of contemporary life and politics, exploring notions of nature and society, cultivation and the machine. She is interested in the archive and categories produced and re-produced as well as being embedded in literature and mythology.
This work comes from the series Ghost In The Machine - Understanding The Language of Flowers. The series started as a commissioned mural for the New Covent Garden Flower Market that opened at Art Night London 2018.
In this series, Skladmann juxtaposes the errors and ghosting of her scanning machine with the fragility of exotic botanical findings that she sources at the market. The specimens have no roots, they are cut and are ready for trade, floating in the technological glitches of her scanning machine. Only the botanical names and their origin stories point to their heritage, home and adopted mythology. She raises questions on botanical classifications systems exploring notions of nature and society, cultivation and the machine.
Having received her MA from the Royal College of Art and her BA from Parsons School Of Design, her work has since been nominated for the Prix Pictet and Paul Huf Award, and has also won the Arles Photo Folio Prize.
Skladmann published her first monograph in 2011 and her photographic projects have been shown in exhibitions and festivals, including the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, Fotofest International in Houston, Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.
Permanent Collections include The Maramotti Collection, The Museum Of Fine Arts Houston, The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlung and The Pinault Collection.