Born 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden
Lives and works in New York
1995 - 2000 MASTER OF FINE ARTS, The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm
Feminist Artist Statement
RJ: It was as if the critics had hijacked your art re-rigging the meaning you intended? But critics are permitted that, no?
AL: They made it mainstream . . . and they began talking about businessmen and I was like . . . what businessmen? . . . These are not businessmen ... they are very extreme characters . . . and super sexualized. I was very surprised . . . but maybe I wasn't that surprised because I was also aware of the power that these images expressed . . . so a paradox again. This work was a way for me to understand how to exaggerate the power of an image by having a man there . . . or by using conventions in society and allowing the erotic gaze to be much more about erotic power than about a woman watching men, or the feminine gaze. In the end, it was a very personal point of view. And since my work has never been about feminism, I wanted to go beyond that. I didn't want to spend my life asking for permission to play with these things . . . I wanted to play with them. ...”
Extract from a conversation between Ronald Jones and Annika Larsson, included in an essay by Ronald Jones in the catalouge ANNIKA LARSSON, STEREOTYPE. Published by Dunkers Kulturhus & Revolver ISBN 978-91-974769-7-3