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Annee Olofsson’s large, profound and often eerie photographs, video works and sculptures deal with the complexities of family relationships and power balance. Time and again, Olofsson uses her own body and her personal history as instruments in her work. Bodies become symbols and narratives—not just of our inscrutability but also of our human limitations. In Olofsson’s imagery, people are heavily constrained in a compact darkness, and the human presence within it has the power to instill life and death in equal measure.
This Is Annee Olofsson is the artist’s most comprehensive monograph to date, providing a visual journey through her body of work. It shows the great breadth of Olofsson’s practice, with essays by Ruth Noack, Alice Hutchison, Aneta Szyłak, Estelle af Malmborg, and Milovan Farronato providing extra depth.
This Is Annee Olofsson is comprised of 128 images of artworks mixed with embedded layers of photographs from the artist’s family photo album. This suggestive composition of the material blurs the lines between work and portrait, art and life. Using the format, font, and layout of an album cover, the book is designed to emphasize Olofsson’s great interest in music, especially vinyl records. The work featured on the cover of the book, “The Shadow of Jacqueline,” is based on the controversial album cover of Virgin Killer by the German band Scorpions from 1976.
Annee Olofsson (b. 1966) is one of Sweden’s leading contemporary artists working in photography and video. Her work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Venice and Bangkok Biennales, Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, the Hayward Gallery in London, as well as Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino. Her work is included in collections such as the MoMA in New York, the Seoul Museum of Art, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Hirshhorn Museum, and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.
Published by Praun & Guermouche
Edition of 800
240 x 240 mm