hanne lydia
 

Drawings on the right track

 

Hanne Lydia Opøien Kristoffersen and Christian Messel
Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, 2007.

Drawing artists impress each in his/her own way

By Truls Ramberg

Hanne Kristoffersen presents a group of large drawings in pastel and crayon based on photographs of herself with exclusive Chanel sun-glasses and boxer shorts and panties pulled down over their heads. The hysterical figures in the pictures surprisingly remind you of masked terrorists and activists, but at the same time of Muslim women with the religious head covering hijab.  Politically incorrect. The extremely politically incorrect connection between hijab and underwear, violence and implicit sexual perversion is neutralized by the fact that the pictures present a staging of a mental breakdown, and not an attempt at showing reality.

 

By virtue of  the references to fashion, through the glasses and the brand labels on the panties, the drawings first and foremost seem to be a kick in the teeth to the media, probably the only place where you simultaneously find all the phenomena that are themes of the work. The drawings can in many ways be seen as portrayals of how a hysteric fit, provoked by an exaggerated media consumerism, might have turned out. The depiction of reality through a fictitious illness scenario is, moreover, an interesting grip in itself, which can just emphasize the morbidity of some aspects of today’s reality.

 

 

TAKE IT IN HAND......

 

 

 

 

 

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