Emergency Art (selected)

SOPHIE HJERL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1.

Just Toy

2011, Emergency Room, European Culture Congress, Wroclaw, Polen. Reproduction of stereotypes in toys. Here knights that makes one think of the time of the Crusaders and even further the present rising of extreme right wing fanatics, who often refers to the time of the Crusaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. He Is Here/ Taboo

2011. Emergency Room, European Culture Congress, Wroclaw, Polen.

Jesus talking at the phone, 'hidden' in some streamed news from the television. In most Western Culture references to Jesus is connected to people being religious. Is it acceptable to use some of the wise words from e.g. The Bible in a daily life context without being looked upon as or at all being a believer?

 

 

 

 

 

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Pakistan House Arresting

2009. Emergency Room, Napoli, Palazzo del Arti di Napoli. Videostills from streamed news in layers. Sounds of interviews and speakers. The news aboout the Pakistan ex- primeminister beeing housearrested. Several still images is beeing put on top of one and eachother, like the news itself. Still not knowing what is the real truth of this news!

 

 

 

 

 

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No more Killings.

2009. Emergency Room, Napoli, Palazzo del Arti di Napoli. Drawing on newspaper. About killings at that time (spring 2009) in Ireland, and Germany, Denmark. Making the point that we are all a part of the 'game' - not the killings directly, but indirectly we still have a responsibility. It is difficult to just "blame" some for something which touches the society all through! A picture from the todays news, showing people standing + one holding a newspaper, with the text: Stop the Killings. The veins of an old ladies hand are painted red, symbolizing the blood we all have, or has she blood on her hands? Who's blood is it anyway? Who is killing who anyway?

 

 

 

 

 

5 - 8.

It's Not a Question Of Freedom Of Speech

2008, with Frank Franzen. Ink on paper, 250 x 300 cm. Nightshift,, Nytorget, Stockholm. Arranged and curated by Raketa and Frank Franzen. Bombing of the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The whole Muhammed Drawings episode is still not a question of freedom of speech! The piece uses the freedom of speech itself - like the pipe of Magritte saying “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe).

 

 

 

 

 

9 + 10.

Here Comes The Sun....

2008. Ink and paint on paper. 250 x 300 cm. Nightshift,, Nytorget, Stockholm. Arranged and curated by Raketa and Frank Franzen.The weather forecast illustrates sun for a week on a blue sky - too hot weather for the season. The sun has changed character. Here it is represented as a black sun - a black hole or like a melanoma caused by the sun. The FN Climate Report is attached as text on the back side.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hostages

2007. Photoprint. Emergency Room at Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens. By following the news about the South Korean hostages in Afghanistan in September 2007, one in the end feels like being a hostage of the news itself...It is like one never get to know the real story and your worries, empathy and thoughts are wasted. Very often when one follows stories in the news you end up getting different messages. This image shows the different layers of the news presenting the story.

 

 

 

 

 

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MISSING_WANTED_ALTER

2007. Video still in loop showed on a monitor (no sound). Exhibited at Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens. The medias are creating icons which are being printed on our retina! In this piece two main icons from the todays news are being displayed on the modern alter - the television! Is the one really lost or/and has the other been found? The medias makes us think of, care about or even frighten by someone we havn’t met and might never meet! The icons gets a strange status through the medias and moves into our daily lives through this modern alter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

13-15.

6 Years After

2007. Photoprint – a serie of 3. Exhibited at Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens. 9/11 6 years after. War against terror. Another American soldier in Iraq.

 

 

 

 

 

16 + 17.

Putting Iraq On The Path To Democracy

2007. Video with sound. Emergency Room, PS1, MoMA in Queens, NY, USA. Tons of true cash has disappeared, skipped to Iraq from US.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mars Wars

2007. Paint on wall. Emergency Room, PS1, MoMA in Queens, NY, USA, 2007. CNN reports more evidence of water on Mars under the surface.The planet earth is covered with water..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Knows Nothing

2007. Newspaper paper. Emergency Room, PS1, MoMA in Queens, NY, USA, 2007. One as 1 or one as we all know nothing of what is really going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

2007. Paint on wall. Emergency Room, PS1, MoMA in Queens, NY, USA, 2007.

The celebration of the Chinese new year - the year of the pig. China is in your face, grunt grunt!