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Paula Urbano

Paula Urbano turns her focus to a refugee seeking asylum in Sweden today. Being a child of political refugees herself, Urbano wants to explore what it would be like to arrive as a refugee today, resulting in a series of works titled Proportions of Waiting (2015).

Proportions of Waiting consist of the following works: The Waiting Room (intervention), The Waiting Room of Desertion (installation), The Flat (installation), The Detention Centre (installation), The Refugee of the Sorrowful Figure (43min 52 sec HD-video) and In the Waiting Room of Desertion (8min 52 sec HD-video). In the video In the waiting Room of Desertion Urbano uses her own body and voice to enact extracts from the play Psychosis 4:48 (1999) by the British playwright Sarah Kane. The play articulates a raw and unmediated voice of despair, hopelessness and frustration. By using extracts from the play, adapted and spoken by the artist, she speaks of the experience of an asylum seeker that she follows over the course of one year. Rather than de-individualising or distancing the audience from the specific experience, Urbano creates a form of double othering and brings it into being and into material form in a direct and immediate way.

English title In the Waiting Room of Desertion
Keywords Essay, Body, Characters
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:08:52
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2014
In text Exegesis
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About the artist

Paula Urbano

Paula Urbano born 1980 is based in Stockholm and holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts & Design, and a postgraduate degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Art. Urbano’s work revolves around existential issues regarding the individual in relation to migration and place. She has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in Sweden, New York, Buenos Aires, Miami, and Santiago de Chile.

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