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Av Lars Vilks - 28 maj 2009 19:33

Arto Lindsay (born 1953, Richmond, Virginia) is an American guitarist, singer, record producer and experimental composer.He has a distinctive soft voice and an often noisy, self-taught guitar style comprised almost entirely of extended techniques, his guitar work is contrasted frequently with gentler, sensuous Brazilian music themes.  

With Diego Cortez— who would become the artistic director for all his solo endeavours starting in the mid 1990s — Lindsay became immersed in an art community that included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Francesco Clemente and Andy Warhol. Since then, Lindsay has included the work of Goldin, Kara Walker, Matthew Barney, Philip Taffe and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré on his albums.  

In April 2008 Arto Lindsay invented a parade "I AM A MAN" in Frankfurt. The parade included a dog parade. In the Ladonia biennial he is using elephants as parade material – together with his soft guitar and voice. An important inspiration is of course the tradition in Ladonia to celebrate the National Day (June 2nd) with an elephant parade.  

Arto Lindsay:”I AM MANY ELEPHANTS”, parade 2009  

Av Lars Vilks - 27 maj 2009 10:16

Pavel Pepperstein (born in 1966 in Moscow) is one of the most important artists of the new, young generation of concept artists following in the wake of Ilya Kabakov. On completion of his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague he, along with Yuri Leiderman and Sergei Anufriev, founded the group of artists, Inspection Medical Hermeneutics, who, in a situation of new candour and public opinion following the collapse of the Soviet state, intentionally cut themselves off from the outside world in order to preserve a sub-cultural form of art and to distance themselves critically from a new era they regarded as lacking viable alternatives. Pepperstein versatile artistic creation comprises experimental concept art, installations, graphics, paintings, and objects, as well as aesthetic and literary texts. Together with Sergei Anufriev he wrote the novel Die mythogene Liebe der Kasten [The Mythogenic Love of Castes] (Moscow 1999) 

In the biennial Pepperstein is represented with a 3D drawing installed in a Ladonia winter landscape: Lenin skiing in Ladonia, 2009

Picture in New Herald.
Av Lars Vilks - 26 maj 2009 18:28

The video artist Grazia Toderi (Padua, 1963) lives and works in Milan, using real images that have been subjected on the computer to very discreet manipulation. Distant galaxies, theatres, stadiums… her subject matter is varied but the dream-like atmosphere, accentuated by a soft but very evident soundtrack, gives the visitor the surprising feeling of being suspended in time and space. It has been said of several of her works that they represent "circular situations". In fact the films only last a few minutes or seconds, and are projected in a cyclical, timeless manner. They are often based on some everyday situation or television image, which the artist transfigures and transforms into magic, capable of affecting each viewer’s private realm of dreams that is so profound, personal and universal.

In her video work Rosso Babele we can see an image of a tower which rises and falls continually, growing and decaying in a never-ending cycle. This is a modern Tower of Babel, which is intertwined with a multitude of indistinct cities, where increasingly the profound meaning of language fluctuates between growth, multiplication and destruction, between an excess of information and an impoverished message. 

Best of Rosso Babele, 2009 (2006)

Av Lars Vilks - 20 maj 2009 17:34

Tomas Sarceno (b. 1973, Argentina) is an acclaimed architect and theorist in the tradition of Buckminster Fuller. His work looks to scientific principles as a way of answering complex questions about how to develop new ideas for sustainable communities and new models of social interaction. He produces objects, which often incorporate nature materials like water, and presents a poetic dimension to severe topics. 

In the biennial Tomas Saraceno presents one of his cloud sculptures. It is a future vision about how it can be to live and move around high up in the sky. Photo in New Herald.

Av Lars Vilks - 18 maj 2009 23:37

The twin sisters Khedoori (Left Toba, right Rachel) 

Rachel Khedoori was born in Sydney in 1964; she was married with the artist Jason Rhoades (1965-2006). She has been working in Los Angeles since 1990. Her work is an examination of her environment and the spaces she inhabits both physically and mentally. Rachel Khedoori gained international recognition with her first comprehensive solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2001, which also established her with a wider audience

The key strategy of Rachel Khedoori’s art is her practice of interlacing and interlinking. She often weaves together architecture, sculpture and film to create highly complex interpretations of time and space. Khedoori’s works present real, actual spaces that are combined with remembered or imagined ones, producing situations of disturbing, claustrophobic beauty. By interlinking reconstructed, mirrored, filmed and re-filmed spaces, she creates works that continually challenge the viewer’s perceptions.

Her biennial piece is a sculpture: Butter Cave  

Toba Khedoori (born in Sydney in 1964) is a visionary minimalist, an artist who depicts minimalism's three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. She draws on enormous sheets of paper that have the effect of immense miniatures, or mirages, shimmering in and out of sight: you do a lot of blinking and eye rubbing around her work. Her subjects are man-made places and things: doors, rooms, furniture and buildings; all of them strikingly devoid of any sign of life.

In the biennial she has made a huge drawing with an image of an open fireplace: White Fireplace

Pictures in New Herald.

Av Lars Vilks - 17 maj 2009 23:55

Nikhil Chopra (b. 1974, India) works at the boundaries between theatre, performance, live art, painting, photography and sculpture. He devises fictional characters that draw on India’s colonial history as well as his own personal history. He inhabits these characters in largely improvised performances that last up to three days.

Chopra’s most recent character, Yog Raj Chitrakar, is loosely based on the artist’s grandfather, Yog Raj Chopra. Educated at Goldsmiths College of Art, London in the 1920s, Yog Raj Chopra was a frequent open-air landscape painter who spent much of his time capturing the grandeur of the Kashmir Valley.

Yog Raj Chitrakar has many faces: explorer, draughtsman, cartographer, conqueror, soldier, prisoner of war, painter, artist, romantic, dandy and queen. These are signified by the elaborate costumes, which are changed throughout performances to indicate the character’s transformation.

 In Ladonia Biennial he will perform Yog Raj Chitrakar as well as Sir Raj III.
Av Lars Vilks - 16 maj 2009 17:20

Carsten Höller (b. 1961 in Belgium) holds a doctorate in biology, and he uses his training as a scientist in his work as an artist, concentrating particularly on the nature of human relationships. Viewer participation is the key to all of Höller's sculptures, but it is less an end in itself than a vehicle to informally test the artist's theories concerning human perception and physiological reactions.

Höller has undertaken many projects that invite visitor interaction, such as Flying Machine (1996) that hoists the user through the air, Upside-Down Goggles (1994/2001) that modify vision, and Frisbee House (2000), a room full of Frisbees. In 2007 he installed several slides at Tate Modern.

In the Ladonia Biennial he made a relational project: The unexpected meeting between a deer and a nude woman on the border between Ladonia and Sweden. The meeting could not last very long but is documented in a large photo which can be seen in New Museum. Mr Höller has been using the combination of a deer and a nude woman earlier shown at Gagosian Gallery 2009. Photo in New Herald.

Av Lars Vilks - 15 maj 2009 22:24

Anna Parkina was born in Moscow in 1979. She has studied at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Art, Paris and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

There is a sense of the psychogeographic in her work. Her performances, collages and drawings freely overlap, re-invent, and mutate diverse genres including Constructivism and the American mafia flick. This sensibility can be attributed in part to an artistic life spent in motion, one that commenced shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. Parkina has lived between her native Moscow and Paris, studied in California and shown in Berlin, all the while collecting and overlapping ideologies, geographies and cultures into a highly personalized multi-dimensional montage. 

In the biennial Anna Parkina is performing three pieces: 

Online Empire (2006)

Breaking News (2006)

Aelita (2007)

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