On the Impakt Festival 2001, Annika Larsson was represented with 40-15 and DOG. Four years after her Dutch debut, Larsson is back on the Impakt Festival with the work New Gravity. All the elements that are so characteristic of Larsson are present in this work: probing close-ups, long slow shots and hypnotic music, but New Gravity introduces a new element in her work too: digital animation. Larsson directs her gaze in New Gravity at the other sex once again. This time she follows pimply teenagers that roam around melodramatically through something closely resembling a gothic disco. Almost obsessively, Larsson focuses on the details in clothing and behaviour with which the adolescents express their loyalty to the group. Listlessly, they let the dark sounds of the music carry them away, losing themselves in their own trance. The depressive vortex finally leads them to a frightening figure, a Redeemer, ultimate Evil, or both?
New Gravity (Sweden, 2003, single projection, 30:00 min, loop)
Annika Larsson― Artist
In her films and videos, Annika Larsson explores relationships of power between subjects that allude to greater social themes such as economics and gender. Using a filmmaking style that favors close-ups, Larsson creates elliptical non-narrative documents of simple acts and gestures. The artist builds her themes subtly, hinting at interpersonal power dynamics without dictating her position, often featuring animals and men in business suits. “The hypnotic beauty of Ms. Larsson’s images never falters, and their ambiguities never resolve,” writes art critic Roberta Smith. “This may be how she manages to make both the allure and ugliness of power unambiguously clear.”