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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)

Av Lars Vilks - 14 maj 2009 19:49

Madelon Vriesendorp (born 1945) is a Dutch artist best known as one of the co-founders of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in the early 1970s (together with her husband Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis).Vriesendorp is, though, the opposite of easy to pin down.

Trying to label her — surrealist artist sculptor, collaborator, mother, householder, host, collector and curator — suggests a boxed-up, product-based view of a creative life which is actually the opposite of the extraordinary critical, hilarious and productive work and environment she generates. Does it even feel like work? "No. It feels like playing around," she says.

Visiting her flat is something special — a short immersion in her world. The flat is filled with hundreds upon hundreds of tiny items, carefully and critically found, bought, made, received, added together, arranged, grouped, perhaps reincorporated into paintings, stories or other objects.

She’s most interested in "cultural mistakes", like a Father Christmas on a cross, things changed by mistranslation. The main collection is formed by the ranks of tiny objects grouped by type — buildings, devils, body parts; objects from the inside of snowdomes; figures from Kinder Eggs made of wax, metal, plastic, paper, stone; and a couple of feathers.

In the biennial Vriesendorp has installed a huge version of the Statue of Liberty. Earlier she has made an animated film about the famous sculpture. A second small object has been placed among the stones close to the Ladonia Bar. It is a sculptural version of Jules Joseph Lefebre’s painting La Verité from 1970. This painting probably inspired the French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi who presented his first model in the same year. Pictures can be found in New Herald.

Av Lars Vilks - 13 maj 2009 12:24

Keren Cytter (b. 1977, Israel) is a filmmaker based in Europe. The central element in her work is the long monologue or narration — a literary device that spins her tales in a philosophical and sometimes surreal fashion. Meanwhile, visually, her use of the handicam lends a rough documentary feel, and the viewer becomes aware of a disconnect between narrative and image. Cytter is also an accomplished author, and has written novels, poetry, and an opera libretto.

The subject matter of her work is the stuff of relationships – loss, loving, longing, friendship, betrayal – much of it culled from her own or her friends’ lives. While the language may be bookish, the topics are pure soap opera, and the disjunction between the words and images adds to the melodramatic flavour.  

In the biennial Keren Cytter’s is showing the work My Greatest Hits, a collection of highlights from four of her videos: 

Continuity 2005

The Victim 2006

Der Spiegel 2007

Les Ruissellements du Diable 2008

Av Lars Vilks - 12 maj 2009 21:45

Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) has become one of the most prominent and influential photographers to emerge during the 1990's. He profiles the lifestyles of his immediate circle of friends, working collaboratively with his subjects so that they lose their inhibitions in front of the camera. Tillmans produces raw, confessional images yet stays within the traditional genres of portraiture, landscape and still-life. His ability to produce powerful and sometimes shocking images has brought him success in art galleries and mainstream media alike. An aspect of his artistic practice is to assume a curatorial role—he creates configurations with his photographs that draw formal, symbolic and ephemeral connections. His installations encourage active audience engagement and ask viewers to consider their own experiences within Tillmans’s visual world. He won the Turner Prize in 2000.


In the biennial a special exhibition of Wolfgang Tillman’s work is on show in the New Museum.


Pictures from top to bottom:

Wolfgang Tillmans visiting Ladonia

Poster for the exibition

Generation 2009

Art Gallery 2009

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