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Tina Berning creates a subjective, critical and tender view of women. Unraveling the vulnerability of femininity that is reflected in the fashion and beauty industries, Berning formulates her own image of the human body, its inadequacy and its fundamental relation to beauty. Tina’s works present studied gestures that refer to compulsion and repression. Her figures are always gracefully depicted, yet their beauty usually remains imperfect. These elegant women usually found on glossy magazines instead appear on yellowed, torn or scrap paper. Berning rescues text books, separator sheets, ledger paper and old record sleeves from flea markets and estate sales to render visible the traces of aging, transience or death.

Alongside her fine art career, Tina Berning is also one of the most sought-after Illustration artists worldwide. Since 2000, her award-winning illustrations have been published across the globe and shown in many renowned anthologies. Tina’s work been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Playboy (US and Germany), Vogue (Italy, Japan, Germany), Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Architectural Digest and many others. Her early passion for editorial illustration led her to an intensive contemplation on the human figure. Reflecting the female role in media is one of the core issues in her artistic practice.

Tina's artistic collaboration with Italian fashion photographer Michelangelo Di Battista (https://alisonmilne.com/gallery/artists/berning-battista) has been showcased at more than 20 International Art Fairs, including Photo London, Paper Positions Munich, Photofairs San Francisco and Art Central Hong Kong to name a few. The pair are represented by Camera Work in Berlin.