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Andrea Fraser

Galerie Christian Nagel | Antwerp

“I’ve always been very ambivalent about my field, and I made a kind of career out of that . . . ambivalence, but recently, it’s gotten extremely difficult. . . .” In the right-hand channel of her most recent DVD installation, Andrea Fraser is projected at life size and repeatedly bursts into tears. She speaks about feelings of failure, her “long history of commitment to certain principles,” desire for recognition despite her own privileged position, feelings of envy and shame, and admittedly all-too-indecisive rejection of the marketplace and its logic of injustice. Alternately, Fraser is also projected on the left-hand channel—but here, rather than slouching barefoot in an orange Arne Jacobsen armchair with her legs tucked under her, as on the opposite wall of the gallery, she is instead sitting upright and seems composed. She speaks insistently at times, now pointedly, now reassuringly,

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