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Fire
  • Artist Annika Larsson (Swedish, *1972)
  • TitleFire
  • Dating 2005
  • Technique/MaterialVideo
  • Edition1/6
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 2007
  • Categoryvideo art
  • Inventory NumberVd 02/2007
  • Display StatusNot shown in the museum
Description
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Power, dominance, and submission are also recurring themes in the video installations by Annika Larsson (born 1972). With the man as protagonist, she engineers situations in which unwritten rules, codes of conduct, and power relations within groups are held up for examination. Larsson deliberately plays up the clichés and stereotypes, challenging viewers to counter with their own images. In Fire (2005), she dissects aggression, activism, and terrorism. In a series of intimate scenes, the viewer follows a handful of men preparing for an attack. The imagery, with its high aesthetic finish, is close to both advertisements and action movies, but equally well exposes our fascination with violence and mass media images of terrorism. With its rhythmic but unhurried tempo, its leaves the viewer hanging, waiting for the drama to crescendo. The fragmentary and simultaneous action is enhanced by an evocative soundscape of pulsating electronic music, created in collaboration with her fellow artist Tobias Bernstrup.

Anna Hyltze from The Collection Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2014