Born in Austria, Omani Frei currently lives and works in Dresden. She studied for two years in Italy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, where she experimented with performance and video art. When she moved to the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, she focused on painting and traditional 2D animation. In 2020, she graduated as a master student of Prof. Carsten Nicolai.
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Artist statement
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Personality is something individual. However, the individual elements of which it is composed are generally understandable. Everyone knows hope, the idea of a cup or how it feels to touch skin. Only our different experiences and combinations of the individual elements create the complex structure of the personality. In my work I try to illuminate the small components. What do their structures look like?
I take apart, analyse, question and reconstruct them with the help of artistic devices. I mainly work with animation, film, painting, drawings and installations. The resulting works are intended to create a better understanding of the complex whole by focusing on the small components. A sensibility not only for one’s own personality, but also for the personality of others should be strengthened.
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Exhibitions (selection)
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2021                 entFALTUNG | Galerie Carolyn Heinz | Hamburg (DE)
2020–21        JapanRevisited202x | Österreichisches Kulturforum Tokio | online
2020                 Meister20 | Motorenhalle | Dresden (DE)
2019                 Die Wand #7 | EIGEN+ART Lab und Rheingau Founders | Berlin (DE)
2019                 Zweiklassen | Tapentenwerk | Leipzig (DE)
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Screenings (selection)
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2021                 Austrian Filmfestival | Vienna (AT)
2021                 Flipbook Film Festival | Skopje (MK)
2021                 Zeitimpuls shortfilm festival | Vienna (AT)
2021                 Kurzfilmwanderung | Leipzig (DE)
2021                 Festival del cinema di Cefalù | Cefalù (IT)
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Membership
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since 2020       AG Animationsfilm
since 2020       Neustadt Art Kollektiv (Founding member)
since 2020       SALOON Dresden