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Klara Lidén

Bodies of Society

2006

Video, sound, colour

4:52 min

Courtesy of Reena Spaulings Fine Arts, Galerie Neu and the Artist

In Bodies of Society, 2006, we see Lidén in an elegant choreography methodically attacking a bicycle in her apartment. The feeling that her home is actually a “non-home” is further emphasised, but I also associate to private homes in general. What goes on behind the façades? What is one allowed to do in private that one cannot do in public? Of course, the aggressiveness displayed by Klara Lidén makes one think of the domestic violence that takes place within the confines of the home. But one also thinks of an urge to destroy the barrier between the private and the public in order to allow for a social transparency that makes different forms of abuse of power more difficult. Both in the private sphere and in the city’s public spaces.