Greatest Hits, video, 7:02 min - 2018

Greatest Hits draws upon an archive of onomatopoetic sound effects from Don Martin comics published in Mad magazine between 1957 and 1988. Through a collaboration with Almut Schwacke, a Berlin-based Foley artist, Greatest Hits reifies and reauthors these sounds and their precipitating events, centering the legitimacy of female fools in response to a source that historically and continually excludes female contributors.

Annelies Kamen (*1988, USA) lives and works in Berlin. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and a combined BFA/BA in Art History from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2011. In her work, Kamen engages with language and humor, particularly the ways in which the production of joke-objects can act as a subversion of the hegemony of language and carve a space of humor that exists wholly or partially outside of a linguistic structure. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at fffriedrich, Frankfurt and Free Range, Chicago, and group exhibitions at GlogauAIR Project Space in Berlin, ADDS DONNA, Chicago, MANA Contemporary, Chicago, and the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minnesota. She is a 2018 fellow of the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin.