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The Community
BY
Annika Eriksson

In Annika Eriksson’s work The Community we meet a unique community and the story about a civil concern: Instanbul’s homeless cats. For many years the cats were being cared for by local cat lovers, but today the cats are all gone as a result of a clean-up which changed the cityscape. In Ray Oldenburg’s pamphlet The Great Good Place he refers to ‘the third place’, where people gather, move between work and family affairs, a place of good company and discussions – the root of democracy and the vitality of a society.

Keywords Animal
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format
Duration 00:04:30
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2010
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About the artist

Annika Eriksson

Annika Eriksson is originally from Malmö and lives in Berlin since 2002. At the center of her artistic practice is an interest in social interaction: how do we live together, what kind of societies do we create, and what happens in the margins or in the transition from one social order to another? In her work, the social has always involved a key emphasis on the slippages between the one ME into others – with a return to questions of interaction and exchange, circular forms of communication, self-abnegation and empathy. Her project also engages with the relations between humans and animals; of our interdependence, slippages and connection, but also registers of violation, and the animal as a distinctively human projection surface. She has been exhibiting since the early 90s in various biennales and institutions, for example the biennales in Istanbul, Venice, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Vienna; in institutions such as Bonner Kunstverein, Tate Liverpool, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Hayward Gallery, London and Moderna Museet, Malmö and Stockholm.

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