new-york

Annika von Hausswolff

Casey Kaplan

I Am the Runway of Your Thoughts (all works 2008), the installation that gave Annika von Hausswolff’s recent show its title, is made up of multiple photographs of a woman pointing a model airplane toward her open mouth. Produced in either color or black-and-white, and displayed either singly or in sets of two, three, or five, the photographs are cinematically and dramatically lit, and together have the effect of a slow-motion advance toward a terrible moment.

The gesture in the images is obviously sexual, and obviously violent; the echoes of 9/11 are impossible to ignore, there (still) being no stronger symbol of violence than an airplane. The work freezes the moment before impact, examining it from all its possible angles; despite, or perhaps because of, its staged quality, it is eerily reminiscent of news coverage playing and replaying footage of a disaster.

The rest of the show was made

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