The Love of Your Life. Big gestures. Schlager. Can you be sincere about something as kitschy as “The Love of your Life” as a contemporary artist in 2014?
I wanted to encourage the invited artists to expose something about themselves bordering to the pathetical. Sometimes when you are very personal it also tend to be universal.
Two years ago Heike Bollig recommended me this book by Hans-Ulrich Treichel:
The central theme is canned, unfulfilled and everlasting love. This became the starting point for the exhibition “Die Liebe meines Lebens”.
Nina Björk, a Swedish writer and intellectual, published this book, “Happily Ever After“, two years ago. Like every great piece of art it is difficult to summorize it in a few sentences.
In 191 pages Björk manages to cover anything from Disney via virgin waxing to jobcentres, the wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and the Swedish Social Demorcatic Party’s failure in the election 2010 in her stubborn search for a sanctuary for love within a capitalist society. Her observations and analyses are simply brilliant.