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Ha övertag. Överjag.
Anna-Karin Rasmusson

A thought about the gaze as a weapon. Washing-machines, holes. Chewing, spinning, waiting. The sound of centrifugation. Aggression, refusal. Medusa who, after the rape, petrifies with her eyes, not as punishment, but as a killing vengeance.

English title Have the Upper Hand. Superego.
Keywords Body, Characters, Performance, Personal
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:03:57
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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About the artist

Anna-Karin Rasmusson

Anna-Karin Rasmusson works mainly with video installations and performances, in which painting plays an important role. Everyday tasks are repetitively performed in a scenography built like a collage of painted cardboard boxes and boards. Video works are often projected on top of each other, creating multifaceted layers of moving images. In her art, Rasmusson focuses on human interaction, both physical and emotional. The masked characters in her videos – played by herself – are involved in somewhat clumsy attempts to support, comfort and reach out to each other. In a broad sense, Rasmusson’s expressive and painterly imagery highlights complex feelings of inadequacy, disorientation and tenderness.
Anna-Karin Rasmusson (b. 1983) is based in Stockholm and has an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2016). Recent exhibitions include CHART Art Fair, Malmö konstmuseum, Bie Biennal and Bildmuseet in Umeå. Her video installation Mater Nostra, which premiered at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2017, is part of the collection at Moderna Museet and the Gothenburg Museum of Art. She is also represented in the collections of Malmö Konstmuseum and Public Art Agency Sweden. Awards and scholarships include Stockholm City Cultural Award (2019), the IASPIS Studio Grant in Stockholm (2018) and the Bernadotte Grant (2016). Upcoming exhibitions include a video performance in Graz, Austria, and a solo exhibition at Lilith Performance Studios in Malmö.