Jeanne Faust, Professor of Video
Jeanne Faust has been a professor of Video specialising in Time-based Media since the 2009/10 winter semester. Faust was born in 1968 in Wiesbaden. After studying law and passing the first state examination, she changed to photography and free art at the Universität Duisburg. She began studying at the HFBK Hamburg in 1993, receiving her degree in 1998.
Faust works conceptionally in the media of film, video and photography. Her pictures and films challenge viewers’ cultural consciousness of images and films whilst subverting their expectations. She does this by opening up the narrative structure and making it more mystifying - in a radical way, through gaps and through an interplay of overt and implied meaning. By removing the plot, Faust causes us to reflect on the extent to which cultural codes dictate how we interpret images and on how the interplay between picture and word creates meaning. In a highly effective way, she evokes the moods associated with cinematic memories whilst at the same time questioning them by departing from the familiar images and narrative structures in favour of the immanent laws of aesthetic constructs.
Faust has received a number of prizes and awards for her work, including the Lichtwark-Preis scholarship (awarded by the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg, 2004). In 2007, she was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst in Berlin. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Edwin Scharff-Preis by the City of Hamburg. In 2012, she was awarded the Villa-Massimo-scholarship by the Deutsche Akademie in Rome.