Künstler / Projekt
ANN-SOFÌ SIDÈN
Ausstellungstitel
fidei commissum

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Duration: 16. 11. - 13. 01. 2002

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Beschreibung - English
For the new exhibition in the gallery, Ann-Sofi Sidén created a biographical situation for her bronze figure fidei commissum, first being installed in the park of Wanas Castle in Southern Sweden, a self-portrait squatting and urinating, with the micturition making it work as a fountain. „It upends a long trail of associations, for instance how many other sculptural figures, almost always male, you've seen similarly urinating in various parks and gardens through the years. This is a humorous inversion, but an extremely effective one. (...) Peeing marks the space territorially, as animals do, but so too does Sidén's crouching image, and by extension it infiltrates a culturewide, or worldwide, situation in which men in general occupy hugely skewed proportions of public space. (...) There is an interesting progression, caught on videos, as the figure is transported and installed. It is lifted up by its thighs, carried, touched, moved, adjusted, and eventually installed in its proper crouching perch. Workers are not entirely uncomfortable, but then neither are they entirely at ease. That's probably a pretty good description of what happens for the audience with the finished piece, which is simultaneously inviting and disconcerting, weird and familiar. This female fountain with its trickling water is beautiful in its way, lulling, and quietly meditative.“
Gregory Volk, Camera Austria Nr.72, p.97

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Galerie
<p>Exhibition view ANN-SOFÌ SIDÈN <em>fidei commissum</em>, 2002</p>

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