In Shannon Bool’s works the body becomes the central “area of the images”. Her interest is based on the concept of the “Lived Body,” a term coined by the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty contending that external reality and subjective identity are the reciprocal result of bodily experience and action in space. A crucial role in this regard is played by the adaptation of history and the production techniques of the most various cultural spheres, ranging from the corporeal processes of sculpture and painting all the way to the generation of synthetic, digital image worlds.
Born 1972, Shannon Bool has been living in Germany since 2001. She is professor of Painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz, Germany. Her works are part of renowned museum collections such as Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Metropolitan Museum New York, LBBW Collection, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Collection of the Federal Estate of Germany, Lenbachhaus Munich or The National Gallery of Canada. Currently the Kunstmuseum Krefeld dedicades a solo exhibition to her and an up-coming solo exhibition will be shown at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2020), The Kunstverein Braunschweig, Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris (both 2019), Musée Joliette Canada (2018). She has participated at internationally renowned group exhibitions such as currently „NUR NICHTS ANBRENNEN LASSEN. NEUPRÄSENTATION DER SAMMLUNG“, Kunstmuseum Bonn, „INTERTWINGLED – The Role of the Rug in Arts, Crafts and Design“, Galleria Nazionale d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome and recently at „Dip in the past“, Lehnbachhaus, Munich (2022), „I am a Problem“ at Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt (2017), „Mentally Yellow“ at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2017), La Biennale de Montréal and at „In the Picture: Overpainted Photography“ at Sprengel Museum Hannover (2019).