Catalogue Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors – English Edition
Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors (05.04. – 09.22.2013)
The catalogue essays that introduce us to Cindy Sherman’s images are written by contemporary authors Kathy Acker, Sibylle Berg, Miranda July, Karl Ove Knausgård, Lars Norén, Sjón and Sara Stridsberg.
Cindy Sherman (b. 1954) is one of today’s most important artists. Her photography is instantly accessible, but also labyrinthine and contradictory. The artist herself is both model and photographer, but the pictures are not portraits. Sherman’s works conjure up narratives without revealing anything themselves. They cull material from a flow of film, art and media, creating links between the familiar and the unknown.
What in her pictures do we want to believe, and why? Cindy Sherman circumvents the rational, categorical eye.
Since the 1980s Sherman’s works have been crucial to our perception of how identity is constructed, and of the mythogenic power of pictures. The exhibition highlighted the frightening and fascinating dark streak that imbues Sherman’s entire oeuvre. Characters on the verge of derailing, creatures distancing themselves from humanity, moving towards the mythological, bestial or machinelike.
In the galleries many of her works were encountered in completely new ways; a visual cacophony that generated other images and sequences, installed in close collaboration with the artist.
Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hanne Beate Ueland.
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