Loulou Cherinet, AXIS
Loulou Cherinet, AXIS
31 January – 24 February
SKF / Konstnärshuset has the pleasure of opening this year’s program with the work AXIS by the artist Loulou Cherinet. AXIS, from 2016, has previously been shown at the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement in Geneva and the Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal – and is now being shown for the first time in Sweden.
The work is a site-specific video installation with music by Saralunden, and consists of three projections that together make up a poetic statement about time, tempo and duration.
In AXIS, Loulou Cherinet’s point of departure is a polaroid image that was seized during the investigation of the heist at the National Museum in Stockholm three days before Christmas in 2000. The picture shows three stolen paintings (a self-portrait of Rembrandt and two paintings by Renoir) next to an evening newspaper with the main headline reading ”SNÖKAOS” (Snow Chaos).
This image genre, also called proof-of-life, where hostages hold up a newspaper to confirm their existence in time and space, has inspired Cherinet’s assembly work. In AXIS, she lets film sequences from different locations, times and contexts weave together the three bearing components of the polaroid image; portrait painting, race note and meteorology, to a dramaturgical zero point.
Loulou Cherinet is a professor of art at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm; her artistic practice largely takes place outside Sweden, especially in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she also studied at the Ale School of Fine Arts & Design. Two years ago, Cherinet had a highly acclaimed solo exhibition at Moderna Museet – Who Learns My Lesson Complete? She has also had major solo exhibitions at Röda Sten in Gothenburg, Addis Ababa, Prague, Krakow and Jakarta, among other places. Her work has been shown at biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Bamako and Sydney as well as at Manifesta (2010), Momentum (2013), the Moderna Exhibition at Moderna Museet (2006) and in touring survey exhibitions from the African continent such as Africa Remix (2006), Divine Comedy (2014) and Lucy’s Iris (2016).
Celia Prado, curator, artistic director SKF