Annika Larsson BLUE at Andréhn-Schiptjenko
May 28 – June 27, 2015
Andréhn-Schiptjenko proudly announces Annika Larsson’s fifth exhibition at the gallery. The opening takes place on Thursday, May 28th, 5-8 p.m.
The exhibition presents the artist’s video work BLUE, 2014 together with an extensive installation which further develop the critical discourse that underpins her whole practice. Annika Larsson’s research here is focused on controversial themes in the social history of the modern and contemporary West.
In the film BLUE, 2014, the artist mainly draws inspiration from the book Blue of Noon, written by Georges Bataille in 1935, but only published in 1957. This novel, written just after the ascent to power of totalitarian governments in Europe, carries the warning signs of the advance of fascism and the imminent war: “When I read Blue of Noon for the first time in 2010,” says Larsson, “I was stunned by the numerous parallels between history and the events of modern day Europe.” Through an in-depth reflection on Bataille’s words and inspiration from the monstrous anomalies of our contemporary society, the artist began researching video footage posted online in the last few years. From doing Internet research of key words and situations from the book, the result is a journey through today’s Europe.
The artist, with a careful selection of powerful, hypnotic, and sometimes provocative images, focuses on the very foundations of modern society, which should guarantee freedom of expression and dissent, thereby raising public awareness of the risks, confines, and excesses of the democratic system. In the installation, various components, some even conflicting, come together; components inspired entirely by the work of Bataille: captivating and unpleasant images alternate constantly, outlining an intense portrait of our contemporary history. Read more…
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