Magazine article Artforum International

Annika Von Hausswolff: Casey Kaplan

Magazine article Artforum International

Annika Von Hausswolff: Casey Kaplan

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I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts (all works 2008), the installation that gave Annika von Hausswolffs recent show its title, is made up of multiple photographs of a woman pointing a model airplane toward her open mouth. Produced in either color or black-and-white, and displayed either singly or in sets of two, three, of five, the photographs are cinematically and dramatically lit, and together have the effect of a slow-motion advance toward a terrible moment.

The gesture in the images is obviously sexual, and obviously violent; the echoes of 9/11 are impossible to ignore, there (still) being no stronger symbol of violence than an airplane. The work freezes the moment before impact, examining it from all its possible angles; despite, or perhaps because of, its staged quality, it is eerily reminiscent of news coverage playing and replaying footage of a disaster.

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The rest of the show was made up of sculptures and photographs that, although lacking the dramatic intensity of I Am the Runway of your Thoughts, create a similar aura of suspense. Esoteric Forensic is the title of each of three narrow, curtained, stagelike boxes hung on the wall like the photographs. The curtain is evidently an important trope for von Hausswolff, appearing as it does in many of her earlier photographs as well as in her sculptural installation The Memory of My Mother's Underwear Transformed into a Flameproof Drape, 2003, whose title suggests the somewhat coy manner in which the artist's autobiography may be hidden or transformed in her work. The curtains drawn across the stages in the Esoteric Forensics both suggest and conceal. If the works are autobiographical, the textiles may themselves be the story, rather than veils protecting it, and may yet be too private to fully expose to the public--they are preserved behind glass, like relics. …

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