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Av Lars Vilks - 11 maj 2009 20:37

Aleksandra Mir was born in Poland 1967. She is also a Swedish citizen growing up in Partille, Gothenburg. She lives and works in New York.

Mir's work is not traditional; she often works outdoors on novel media. For example, she once transformed a Dutch beach into a lunar surface and declared herself the First woman on the moon (1999). She has also published biographies of ordinary people and staged a nine-to-five cinema, showing disaster films for the unemployed.

Her works often take the form of social processes that are open for anyone who wishes giving the work meaning. The work of art is an exercise that operates in everyday life; a humanistic and playful organism with a large social appetite. The work's course of events is often started by Mir as a situation-bound joint between specific events, and the work's location.

For the Ladonia Biennial Mir has created an amazing project: Ladonia Pavilion. Ladonia will participate in the Venice Biennial and the artist will bring the Ladonia pavilion to Venice. The Ladonia pavilion is in 90 parts; each of them the size of a plastic disposable cup. Each part will be an exhibition area for the 90 artists in the Ladonia Biennial as well as for the 90 artists in the Venice Biennial. More information and pictures of her project in New Herald.

Av Lars Vilks - 10 maj 2009 21:24

Miranda July (Born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger, 1974, USA) is a performer, a writer, a filmmaker, and an instigator, in various combinations and often all at once. Her unique aesthetic, deeply idiosyncratic yet strangely comforting, reached a wider audience through her first feature film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). The film premiered at Sundance, where it received the special jury prize for originality of vision, and went on to win the Camera d’Or at Cannes.

 In the biennial she will make several performances and make a large installation in East Ladonia with small and big stones. She will write sentences on the stones and the audience is welcome to find these messages.

Av Lars Vilks - 9 maj 2009 18:20

Tony Conrad (b. 1940, USA) is a pivotal figure in contemporary culture. His multi-faceted contributions since the 1960s have influenced and redefined music, filmmaking, minimalism, performance, video and conceptual art.

Known for his groundbreaking film "The Flicker", his involvement in the Theatre of Eternal Music and the evolution of the Velvet Underground, and collaborations with a host of luminaries including Jack Smith, John Cale, Mike Kelley and Henry Flynt, Conrad remains a radical figure who challenges our understanding of art history.   

In the biennial Tony Conrad is represented with Yellow Movie, 1972/2009, a music video performance.

Av Lars Vilks - 8 maj 2009 20:02

Goshka Macuga (b. 1967), a Polish-born artist based in London, tests and transcends the boundaries of sculpture, installation, exhibition design and photography. She ventures into a variety of disciplines, including art making, curating, art history, ethnology, psychology and esoteric science. Macuga's many exhibition projects and publications converge in a multi-faceted oeuvre that cannot be squeezed into such pigeonholes as "politically committed" or "formalist." In short, her work is rigorous in form and anarchistic in content.

The artist's practice has always been marked by an interest in collaboration with other artists and cultural producers. Macuga also makes extensive use of existing cultural material: original arts and crafts; documents related to historical figures, such as artists, their patrons and their opponents; forms of exhibition display devised and applied in diverse political contexts; and references to vernacular culture. For Macuga, art is a tool for understanding and a blueprint for social change.

  For the Biennial the artist has created an event of installations What in a War (The Raft Memorial). She has borrowed Théodore Géricault’s The Raft of Medusa (1818)  from the Louvre for a short exhibition in Ladonia. Also included in the project is a public sculpture of the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Av Lars Vilks - 7 maj 2009 12:28

André Cadere (1943-78) Poland


André Cadere was born in Poland, grew up in Romania and, before his early death from cancer in Paris in 1978, was a nomadic presence in the European art world. He was best known for his Barres de bois rond (Round Wooden Bars, 1970–78) – long poles made of coloured wooden cylindrical units. The colours on each rod were arranged according to a system, yet each stick contained one anomaly, confounding attempts to identify the system with ease. His Barres could be positioned in all sorts of relations to their surroundings (on walls, floors, propped between the two and so on), but he would also carry them around a number of outdoor locations and, most famously, into other people’s shows and openings, even when not invited.

Surprisingly Cadere visited Ladonia before the country proclaimed its independency. A rare photo from the 70s shows the artist walking around in Ladonia with one of his famous "Barres".

Another of the Bars is placed in the Tower of the Winds.

Av Lars Vilks - 6 maj 2009 21:04

Blinky Palermo (1943 -77) was born Peter Schwarze in Leipzig, in what would shortly become East Germany. He and his twin brother were adopted as infants by a family named Heisterkamp, a name they took. The family soon moved to the West German city of Munster, where Palermo's adoptive mother fell seriously ill and died when the boy was fifteen. He was rechristened once more in 1964, when he entered Joseph Beuys's class at the Kunstakademi Düsseldorf, taking the curious moniker of Sonny Liston's Mafia manager, Frank "Blinky" Palermo. He remained notoriously quiet in public and was especially reserved about his art. There were problems with alcohol and drugs, and he died on the remote Maldive island of Kurumba. It's the resume of a romantic.

From 1968 Palermo produced murals and wall drawings that intervened directly in the architectural space, but from 1972 he executed his paintings on steel or aluminium. Many of these were made in New York. Its emphasis, however, is on colour and surface, which makes it difficult to classify stylistically; there are elements, for example, of gestural abstraction and even of the human figure in fragmentary form.

Blinky Palermo is represented with two works in Ladonia:


Black Triangle 1970 (installed in a cave opening)

BlueTriangle 1970

Av Lars Vilks - 5 maj 2009 11:23

Rirkrit Tiravanija (pronounced Teer-a-van-ee-ja) was born in Buenos Aires in 1961, son of a diplomat; he has lived in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada. Since 1989, his most characteristic artistic act of generosity has been to cook food in galleries - usually traditional Thai curried vegetables - and offer this food to his "viewers" for free. This is an example of "relational aesthetics" and today Tiravanija is looked upon as the very pioneer of this movement. He is making various projects, involving people as a part of the art, all over the world.  

His project for Ladonia Biennial is the stunning 11 000 Virgins. 11 000 "virgins" are running on the shore of Ladonia.

Av Lars Vilks - 4 maj 2009 11:39

Yoko Ono b 1933 Japan

 Today Yoko Ono is one of the few contemporary artists who are known to a wider audience. She began her carrier as a reluctant member of Fluxus, an experimental and Dada-inspired network of artist that developed in the early 1960s. John Cage was one of the most important influences on her performance art. 

For the biennial Yoko Ono has made a site specific variation on one of her main themes: the ladder. 

Border Line Ladder (a huge ladder placed close to the border between Sweden and Ladonia – on the Swedish side), 2009

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