During the European Capital of Culture in Umeå 2014, Konstfrämjandet in Västerbotten presents:
Back in Baby’s Arms, a performance by Elin Lundgren,
May 3rd 2014, 2 pm, at Kungsgatan along the shopping street in Umea.
The aesthetics of resistance. 150 women with 150 different faces of abuse are spread out in a gathered silent choreography along the shopping street in the city centre of Umea. A silent mute mass placed between the weekend strolling people. Faces that reveals traces of beatings, burn-marks, strangleholds and bruises. No one speaks, only the bruises and scratch marks on their faces, throats and hands tell a story. Each woman her own.
The silence and their appearance speak a universal language that is impossible to look away from. These women are among us regardless of ethnicity, social rank or age. Suddenly she is standing there, a reflection of the woman or girl you are acquainted with or the woman you hear through thin walls. What we choose to not see, what we choose not to recognize is standing in front of us and demanding space and attention.
The title Back in Baby’s Arms is a song by Patsy Cline from 1963, and it reflects the contradiction of relationships where female maltreatment is present, and society’s contradictory placements of guilt in cases like these.
Elin Lundgren chooses action as her artistic method. She creates a tableau vivant, a living picture, like a dream or a nightmare that unabashedly claims our time and attention when she parasites the public space with her performance. Back in Baby’s Arms places the viewer in an uncomfortable situation and the viewer’s perception and position is questioned. She trusts in the potential of art to practice resistance and to open up to a dialogue as well as reaching places within the individual that is not defined in terms of rationality.
Elin Lundgren (born 1973 in Stockholm, lives and works in Malmo) is an artist and is one of two artistic leaders of Lilith Performance Studio in Malmo. She mainly works with video and performance in which she creates pervasive images with the intent to disrupt habitual patterns of thoughts.
Photo: Malin Grönborg.
The performance was first shown in Malmo, Oct 11 2008, in production by Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo