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You need her and you want her golden hair she sees you but she wont love you because she really doesn't care
Annee Olofsson

Annee Olofsson “sleeps” in hes bed in her childhood room while her mother reads out loud from old love letters. Love letters (real handwritten letters) sent to Annee for many years. It is the first time that her mother sees and reads these letters – in this video a selection of 27 letters. All names in the letters are overlined with a black pencil.

The letters are of different kinds: loving, angry, furious, erotic, neutral etc sometimes Swedish but sometimes in English. This means that the mother’s facial expression is constantly changing depending on which letter she reads. Annee never moves and lies all the time with the face facing the wall. It gets hard, embarrassing, fun and sad. It is never the intention that parents should read their children’s letters and diaries but when they do so, a new relationship is created that never becomes the same as before.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:52:00
Language Swedish & English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 1999
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About the artist

Annee 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).