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HIDE

Evil Eye
BY
Anneè Olofsson

Annee Olofsson lived in New York 2001-2005. During these years, the artist gathered articles out of New Times dealing with murder, suicide, accidents, etc. From its stories, she picked out the most important, what happened, which ones were involved and the place it happened. Of all material, she joined a single long text (like a mantra) that did not have any beginning or end, as a text that can continue and continue forever.

But instead of using the name or she, he and them, she replaced these”I”. Like the artist and the viewer was the victim.The artist herself reads the text as a voiceover.

In the video the artist is laying on a light blue shiny sheet that can be associated with both life and death. Only her head and shoulders are visible in the video and her eyes are painted on her eyelid. While the text is read opens and she closes her eyes – as if everything may be just a dream.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:10:00
Language English
Color Color
Year 2005
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About the artist

Anneè Olofsson

Anneé Olofsson mainly works with video, photography but also sculpture and installation. Throughout her career as an artist, she has worked consistently with topics that deal with complicated family relationship and power conditions. It is about growing up, about loneliness, about fear of getting old and about how distance and alienation comes with all human relationships. At the same time, she explores her own personal fears and trauma and allow different interpretations depending on the viewer’s own history and experience. Anneé uses her own life as an artistic tool for analyzing how we relate to the outside world, she believes that the worldly originates in the familiar in her art which explores and highlights the relationships. Very much research is behind each individual project and Anneé’s working method is slow and time consuming. Her videos and photos are usually based on a performative situation.

Anneé is included in Moderna Museet’s collection and MoMA in New York and at other major institutions around the world like SeMA (Seoul Museum of Art), Korea, Orlando Museum of Art Orlando, Hirschorn Museum Smithsonian Institute and Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC , Mint Museum of Art North Carolina, Herbert F. Johnsom Museum of Art Ithaca, The Henry Art Gallery Seattle MFL and several private collections in the US, Asia, Europe and Scandinavia.

Between 2018 – 2020, Anneé have exhibited at Bangkok Art Biennale, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Katzen Museum of Art, Washington DC, The Scandinavia House, New York, and SeMA (Seoul Museum of Art). In 2021 she made a separate exhibition at Höganäs Museum and Konsthall.

In recent years, Anneé also works with public art and her latest public works from 2020 are available at St Erik’s new eye hospital in Stockholm.

In Januari 2022, a larger monograph comes out about her artistry “This is Annee Olofsson” (about 300 pages) with the newly started swedish book publisher Praun & Guermouche (Design Sandra Praun).

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