Since 2005, Norwegian artist Lars Laumann (b. 1975) has used video as a means to investigate alternative realities and interests, from pop-culture fandom to the Internet to marginal or hidden lifestyles. Laumann’s films illuminate these realities from the point of view of an insider, not an outside commentator, capturing the subjective side of experience. His work is engaging, uncomfortable, voyeuristic, hardly believable; it breaks through the mundane to reveal something both thoughtful and provocative.
This evening’s program presents two works about individuals who have formed highly intense and unusual relationships. In Berlinmuren (2008), a Swedish woman named Eija-Riita Berliner-Mauer describes her emotional and sexual attraction to objects, and in particular her love affair with, and marriage to, the Berlin Wall. Shut Up Child, This Ain’t Bingo (2009), presented here in its New York premiere, depicts the relationship between the Norwegian artist Kjersti Andvig and Texan death-row inmate Carlton Turner. Andvig collaborated with Turner on a knitted-wool and wood sculpture based on the death row cell in which Turner lived for nine years. Laumann’s documentary follows the eighteen-month period prior to Turner’s execution, when their relationship turned from intellectual and artistic to romantic. With special thanks to the Royal Consulate General.
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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