Art talk: Anna-Karin Rasmusson
Follow the art talk via zoom. Thursday Feburary 25, 12-13
The art talk will also be published on the webb and on Art Initiatives facebook page later.
The exhibition APPROACHING consists of three videos by Anna-Karin Rasmusson exhibited in the atrium, the entrance hall and in one of the corridors on the entrance floor during January and February 2020. Rasmusson works with staging complex and complex emotional states close to our subconscious and often hard to render in words. Performances, videos, collages and painting are her media for treating situations social science insist on working and articulating in language.
The four characters is the three videos we are exhibiting at SSE all deal with matters most of us can easily identify with in today´s state of mind.
In I Rummage Your Kitchen on the big screen in the atrium the character is searching something: but what? Maybe they are looking for a solution? The truth? Evidence? A right answer?
We can see frustration, clumsiness and resignation but also determination and curiosity. What is going on in the kitchen?
The following words are accompanying the videos (Attempt at Empathy, 2018), in the corridor close to the aula:
"To approach, and to stay.
To try to be there for an other person, to understand, to support.
To never be able to. To always be on the outside.
And the risk of infection."
In Attempt at Empathy (2018) we see one character who is really sick, tormented in bed covered with blisters or warts, and another person trying to be there for them. Trying to be calm and loving, to give comfort, to lie side by side, maybe also making an effort to to take on some of the suffering. Are we really able to understand another´s emotions and pain?
In the third video OCD/Pandemic (2020) (in the entrance hall) we see a person thoroughly washing their hands over and over again.
It´s hard to believe but all three video works in this exhibition were made before the Covid-19 pandemic. The themes of the videos are extremely timely; during the past year we all had to expand our empathy, deal with frustration regarding facts and regulations and at the same time carry fear of sickness and death.
Anna-Karin Rasmusson is represented by Cecilia Hillström Gallery.
Photos: Courtesy to Cecilia Hillström Gallery