Commoncause at Choisi , Lugano, Switzerland from Febr 2, 2014

From Sunday February 2nd, 2014
at Choisi – one at a time, via F. Pelli 13, Lugano

opening hours: from Wednesday to Friday 5:00–7:00pm, first Sunday of every month 2:006:00 pm, or by appointment

Choisi – one at a time is pleased to announce the monthly appointment with Artphilein Collection on display.
From Sunday February 2nd Maria Friberg’s video Commoncause (2008), from the collection of Artphilein Foundation, will be on view at Choisi – one at a time.

In Commoncause Maria Friberg looks at the social problems and promise presented by masses of humans–without depicting any obviously human bodies. She wrapped 300 half-deflated basketballs in black velvet and rolled them down the steps of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. Their dark covering, which is similar to her costuming device of dressing her performers in dark suits, turns the balls into an undifferentiated mass of quasi-unique units, much like a hoard of people riding the subway or exiting a theater.
The mysterious motion is accompanied by the sound of the actual event, which is reminiscent of distant thunder or a stampede, both of which are apt metaphors for the types of group-thought and activities that the artist intends this black avalanche to conjure.

Maria Friberg (Malmö, 1966) lives and works in Stockholm.
Her works belong to several public art collections, such as Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; E. A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; National Public Art Council, Stockholm; Museo Fortuny, Venice; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö; as well as private art collections: Artphilein Foundation; Ringier Collection, Zürich; DG Bank, Frankfurt; The Buhl Collection, New York; Dr. Thomas Olbricht, Essen; Rosen Collection, New York.

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