Magazine article Artforum International

Lars Laumann: Maureen Paley

Magazine article Artforum International

Lars Laumann: Maureen Paley

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Carlton Turner is an inmate on death row in Huntsville, Texas. In 2006 he is contacted by Norwegian artist Kjersti Andvig: Will he collaborate with her? They correspond. Carlton finds Kjersti intellectually stimulating. Together, they design an installation, a prison cell decorated with knitting. Carlton chooses gang symbols for the walls. Kjersti visits Carlton a number of times, and he discovers that Kjersti is very pretty. Kjersti wants Carlton to love her. Somewhere along the line, video artist Lars Laumann hears of their collaboration and starts to investigate it. Kjersti talks. She visits Carlton's favorite death-metal radio station. The DJs believe in the resurrection of the dead: Soon Carlton will be able to hear whatever music he likes via the ether, they chuckle. Kjersti moves into a trailer owned by a woman named Eileen, who believes in life everlasting too. Carlton is to be executed. Kjersti and Carlton get drunk together via a contraband cell phone. Kjersti chances upon filmmaker James. He's making a film about prisoners' "last suppers." He gives Kjersti a lift to the death chamber. Lo! Jesus saves! As Eileen has predicted, Carlton gets a stay of execution. But he is soon returned to the death chamber. Outside the jail, Kjersti and Eileen's T-shirts proclaim that Carlton shall live and not die. He receives a lethal injection. Kjersti gets to touch Carlton for the first time soon after he is declared dead. The next day, Kjersti spends four hours with Carlton's body. He's a bit cold from the fridge. Back at the trailer, Kjersti shows Lars her mortuary snapshots. Kjersti and Eileen left a Bible verse printed on fabric on his chest--which verse, Kjersti can't remember. She starts leaving a key on the doorstep in case Carlton turns up. She remains in denial for several months.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Then Laumann's fifty-eight-minute, looped documentary video Shut up Child, This Ain't Bingo, 2009, begins again, leaving viewers to puzzle over the substance and import of it all. …

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