Johanna Billing Look Behind Us, A Blue Sky

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Contributions: Helena Selder, Philipp Kaiser Texts by: Karl Holmqvist, Polly Staple u.a. Edited by: Philipp Kaiser German, English September 2007, 256 Pages, 210 Ills. Half leather 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2070-0

The video works of Swedish artist and documenta 12 participant Johanna Billing oscillate between documentary and staged scientific experiment. Billing (*1973) examines the rituals of society by filming, for example, a group of young people as they reconstruct a long-forgotten experiment, or some artists singing a melancholy ballad together in a gesture of solidarity. By focusing on the dialectical relationship between the individual and the community, Billing reveals processes of social erosion, without making value judgements.The artist’s video works have been shown in many international group exhibitions, but this publication is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of her atmospheric productions. Exhibition schedule: Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, September 8–October 28, 2007 (Part 1), October 30–December 30, 2007 (Part 2) · Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, September 15–November 4, 2007