Sonja Nilsson: Visibility is a Trap

Image attached: (c) Sonja Nilsson

Open during Gallery Weekend Sept 12th +13th, 14 – 18 h! In the exhibition "Visibility is a Trap", Sonja Nilsson will show two pieces from a series of works that revolve around the sociological concept of Passing; a person’s ability to be perceived as a member of an identity group or category other than their origin. Characteristic of Nilsson's work is her illusionist media trickery making actors appear in like holograms in space. As viewers, we are often confronted and actively placed in relation to her works. In this show, the subjects and dialogs are based on exceptional cases, with famous people, all revolving around the topic of Passing. The characters in the pieces used to be included, sharing our space but after being outed, they are now excluded and stuck inside the walls. Peeking through holes punched into the walls, visitors can follow how they confront accusations of not being authentic and turn these sentences back toward us. In the other scene, a jam session happens with a song mixing quotes from Janice Raymond's ideas around the appropriation of female body to the rhythm of Frankie Valli's Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Sonja Nilsson is a Swedish artist living in Berlin. Her work has mainly been shown in Sweden, this is her first solo exhibition in Berlin.  


Fri, 7 Aug, 11.00h
7 Aug 202019 Sep 2020

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