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Sophie Tottie

Liljevalchs Konsthall

There are twenty-four Truth Commissions in business around the world today. Undertaken by new political regimes that follow dictatorships guilty of systematic violations of human rights, they usually have no capacity to prosecute miscreants. They are great pretenders, playing their part in “regimes of truth,” where claims for an unambiguous version of reality are established, if not acted on. In her midcareer retrospective, “Fiction Is No Joke,” spanning more than a decade, Sophie Tottie serenely eviscerated truth systems, including her own, with the double edge of relativism, leaving it to us to clean up the mess with our conscience. Her work is consistently politicized but stands well apart from the usual preachy routines of political art. On the other hand, Tottie has been so promiscuous with media—video, painting, installation, billboards, photography, text-bound work, drawing, even

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