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Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Oh Mother, What Have You Done #032, 2020 Photo: Moderna Museet Bildupphovsrätt 2022

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff

Alternative Secrecy

9.4 – 11.9 2022

For more than three decades, she has challenged, fascinated and confounded. Meet one of Sweden’s most prominent artists, Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, in “Alternative Secrecy” which opened in Stockholm October, 23, 2021. For the exhibition in Malmö the artist has created some new works.

“Alternative Secrecy” presents some seventy works covering Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff’s entire career, from her first exhibition and studies at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, in the early 1990s, via the Venice Biennale in 1999, to her enamel and acrylic glass series created in recent years.

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff (b. 1967) belongs to a generation of Swedish artists who emerged in the early 1990s under the visual and theoretical influence of postmodernist art. Today, von Hausswolff’s practice is often associated with her early works inspired by crime scene photography, with immobile bodies in various situations. The same questions are triggered in Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff’s latest series, “Oh Mother, What Have You Done” (2019-2020). These pictures of handcuffed women have been collected by the artist during many years. The images were created by scanning, dithering, and transferring documentary photographs onto plexiglass with UV ink. The artist then applied oil paint to the reverse side, transforming them into unique objects. The works are puzzling and set our thoughts spinning.

The series “The Hole Is a Noun” (2020), added by the artist for the exhibition in Malmö, contains pictures of holes. The motifs were also used in the work “Excerpt from Alternative Se­crecy” (2021) created for the foyer at the museum in Stockholm. After 2008, when von Hausswolff began col­lecting images from the Internet more systematical­ly, “holes” emerged as a theme. The associations are manifold: a hole can be a wound, a well, or a grave. The artist was also inspired by the punk rock song “Har vi inte grävt för många hål”? (“Haven’t We Dug Too Many Holes”?) (1985) with lyrics and music by Stry Ter­rarie. Punk was a starting point for von Hausswolff’s practice as an artist, and in the 1980s she was a singer in the band Cortex.

The exhibition is supported by Mannheimer Swartling.

Read more: About the artist

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Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Hey Buster! What Do You Know About Desire, 1995 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. Reproduction photo: Prallan Allsten/Moderna Museet

On Photography in a World of Images

Read curator Anna Tellgren’s text about Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff.

Read more: On Photography in a World of Images

Photography by Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff.
Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Everything Is Connected He, He, He, 1999 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff

The exhibition is in the Turbine Hall

Map of  Moderna Museet Malmö, the Turbinehall marked
Map of Moderna Museet Malmö

Images

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Untitled (Shirt #35), 2002/2021 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff
Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Attempting to Deal with Time and Space, 1997/2001 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Photography by Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff.
Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Esoteric Forensic, 2007 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet
Photography by Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff.
Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff. Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Everything Is Connected He, He, He, 1999 © Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff

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