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To Breathe Through The Bones Of The Dead, 2019/20

The Witches Wombs.

 

Raised to the sky, floating, bubbling in an amber light tone. Almost as if preserved in time. Sand molten and become liquid by fire. Transforming one thing to another by hard human labour, blowing air into the lump, shaped by the breath from the lung. Bubbles created by a stroke of baking powder. True alchemy. Swiveled rotated and hit. These are Witches Wombs handblown in glass with glassblower Peter Kuchinke in Sweden, The Glass Factory.

 

These works relates to the silenced voices of women (and some men) who where pointed out as trollkona (swedish) and later witches, accused, tortured and killed. I wanted to bring forth the terms of accusations, methods and it's relation to superstition, power, and the development of capitalism. The exhibition named 12 women to recognise their deaths by violence towards their bodies and minds. A constitution which shaped the violence and control of the female body.

 

 

Photo: Anders Bergön/Växjö Konsthall & myself. Supported by Växjö Konsthall, Helge Ax:son Johnssons Stiftelse, A-N Artists Bursaries

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