KÜNSTLERHAUS

BETHANIEN

Artist

Ylva Westerlund

Sweden

The sciences have always provided us with theories and classifications purporting to explain our lives and what it means to be human. These explanatory models have often been developed by men and therefore posit the masculine experience as the norm. Ylva Westerlund explores widely disseminated Western representations of knowledge by taking on alternative roles, switching from scientist to the object of study. With a nod to 1970s Performance Art, she places her body in an educational context, which historically has been passed off as universal, but in practice operates exclusively. Westerlund’s works have been exhibited among others at Centro Cultural Montehermoso in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Living Art Museum (Nylo) in Reykjavik, and Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm. (Emma Reichert)

STAY
15.10.2011 – 15.09.2012