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Johanna Billing

Camden Arts Centre

Drawn to contexts that might, in lesser hands, prompt lumbering pontification, Johanna Billing happily favors a direct appeal to viewers’ senses and emotions over an overtly pedagogical approach. The videos that the Swedish artist showed here are watchable and well crafted. Filtering understated sociopolitical allusions through accessible meditations on everyday life, Billing distills the scattershot into the essential by marshaling connections among people, places, and processes, conjuring affecting juxtapositions of image, music, and incidental sound en route to a bigger picture.

Titled after I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm, 2009, this exhibition also included four other videos made since 2001, plus an ongoing project, You Don’t Love Me Yet, 2002–. The earliest piece, Where She Is At, 2001, is a short loop that depicts a swimsuit-clad girl standing indecisively atop an outdoor high-diving

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