Klara Liden | the artist
The artist Klara Liden
Born 1979, Stockholm, Sweden.
Lives and works in Berlin and Stockholm, .
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Bodies of Society
Klara Liden’s works taking the form of videos, performances or installations and have in common the use of do-it-yourself strategies, an exuberant energy and a certain form of rebellion. A photographic self-portrait produced in 2004 presents the artist with her tool kit, including pliers, screwdrivers and a flashlight, that she carries in her trench coat. In her previous projects, Liden built a house with discarded materials on the bank of a river in Berlin, set up an alternative free postal service in Stockholm, and performed provocative dances in Stockholm’s commuter trains…
<p>As with her previous projects and exhibitions, Liden proposes an architecture of piracy <br />
and détournement, a deviation of existing materials and spaces from their normal <br />
functions and uses. Rebuilding by unbuilding, the artist prefers the constraint of what is <br />
already at hand, re-making everyday space on the spot. Her material interventions <br />
frequently accompanied by performative actions are also a means of de-programming <br />
everyday behavior and experience. Ideas of inhabitation are never far from a politics of <br />
appropriation and free use…</p>
We are told that Liden has studied formally as an architect. We can see that she is a subversive architect. She is described in the press release as "a genius," and I wouldn’t argue with that. "Before this show she invented a free postal system in Stockholm, made books with ‘appropriated’ outdoor advertising, and built an underground house on the banks of the River Spree."…