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Embassy of SwedenWashington, USA

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EXHIBITION: Ann-Sofi Sidén - After the Fact

26 Oct 2019 - 15 Dec 2019

Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists. She puts herself in the center of her projects, often with provoking statements about society and the human condition.

The works presented in House of Sweden include three ways of looking at the female body. They independently carve out their own narrative space and yet converge by depicting an experience either happening in the periphery or in the hidden. The works challenge preconceived ideas of what a woman is or should be.

- After the Fact, 2007, 20 color photogravures of a young mother who, for reasons unknown, commits the desperate act of placing her newborn baby in a baby hatch at a German hospital. The brutal, and yet caring act changes her and the baby’s destiny forever.

- Fideicommissum, 2000, Bronze, (On loan from the American University Museum, Washington, DC, Gift of Tony Podesta (2019.1.2). Fideicommissum is a contemplative self-portrait of Ann-Sofi Sidén squatting down to urinate, ‘’marking her territory as animals do, and by extension it infiltrates a culturewide, or worldwide, situation in which men in general occupy hugely skewed proportions of public space’’ (quote by Gregory Volk).

- Prozím! Tschechische Blumen, 2001, 8 min 54 sec. Video. In this video, Ann-Sofi Sidén revisits a previous interviewee, Eva, with a counter-image to her life as a prostitute. The artist captures a carefree moment in Eva’s life when she is picking flowers on a hillside lake. Prozím! Tschechische Blumen is a portrait and celebration of Eva’s survival. 

Opening hours:
Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm. FREE admission and guide on site. The exhibition is on display until December 15, 2019. Please note that all exhibits will be closed to the public November 23 due to a private event in House of Sweden.

Last updated 25 Oct 2019, 6.22 PM