• Annika Larsson

    Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm

    The climactic “penis hanging” scene in Annika Larsson’s video New Gravity, 2003, retraces the dark fringes of her earlier themes: pleasure from pain, erotic ritual, and a taste for sadism’s aftermath. Moreover, failed episodes of autoerotic asphyxia echo Larsson’s narrative style, where ends are left hanging. But while on familiar terms with Larsson’s fictionalized exotica, New Gravity is on its own in confronting the history of lethal sexual behavior and its self-inflicted moral predicaments.

    In Dog, 2000, and Pink Ball, 2003, Larsson pushed off Barbara Kruger’s mocking of male sexual personae

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