Annika von Hausswolff

Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm

A decade ago Daniel Birnbaum introduced Annika von Hausswolff’s photographs in the pages of this magazine, writing about the symbiosis they present between scopophilia and sadistic violence. Simple in conception, von Hausswolff’s early work was bare-bones, iconic, and an artistic success. As her work gained momentum it became more intricate, flirting with the inscrutable, but ultimately delivering the image of desire divided by loss. By the time of her 2005 show at Sweden’s Baltic Art Center, “The Construction of a Breakdown,” she was immersed in a flagrant affair with phenomenology; banal objects became capable of inducing concentrated, evocative memories. Her most recent exhibition, “The Heat from Our Bodies Generates the Images that Mortality Demands,” seems to mark a pause in her work’s forward movement, closing the circle on existing associations of memory.

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