Renate Bertlmann (b. 1943, Vienna) is an artist who explores issues around the representation of sexuality and eroticism within a social context, often employing the use of pornographic imagery and props. She works in drawing, collage, photography, sculpture and performance, and actively confronts the social stereotypes assigned to masculine and feminine behaviours and relationships. In 1976 she founded the 'BC -Collective' group with Linda Christanell in which the focus was experimentation with the Super-8 film. Bertlmann challenges the way women are held back by societal conventions under the artistic motto "Amo Ergo Sum" (I love; therefore, I am).
For the project, Bertlamann sends us a series of photographs titled Studio Chaos, based on her photo work of the same name from the 70s. Despite the current situation and the lockdown, the studio of Renate overflows with projects, ideas, materials and in the middle of it Amon, a greyhound puppy.
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.