Maria Friberg: Commoncause

1 September – 29 October 2017

The Project Container at Nationalmuseum Design, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm.

Commoncause is a video with a duration of seven and a half minutes that was filmed on the main staircase at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. Three hundred velvet-like spherical forms roll like amorphous balls down the imposing stone staircase. The muffled, bouncing sound creates the impression of an on-going flow.

The triangular composition of Friberg’s Commoncause (2008) is reminiscent of the great religious paintings of Renaissance masters. The dark forms tumbling downward bring to mind depictions of the last judgment. Like bodies weighed down by the gravity of their deeds, they descend into an abyss.

For Friberg, Commoncause is not a religious work, but an investigation of power structures and those who are marginalized or cast out of society as a result. In fact, Friberg’s oeuvre can be placed within the tradition of women artists from the 1970s who had to contend with the myth of male genius and centuries of exclusion.

Friberg chose the National Museum of Art in Stockholm as the setting for the piece. Her imagery acknowledges that the patriarchal structure of the art institution still presents challenges to those who question or fail to live up to its norms. 

In collaboration with Galleri Andersson/Sandström
Curator Michelle Marie Roy

Maria Friberg, still from Commoncause

Maria Friberg, still from Commoncause. Larger picture.
Courtesy Maria Friberg & Galleri Andersson/Sandström.

About Maria Friberg

Maria Friberg (b.1966) lives and works in Stockholm. She studied at The Royal University of Fine Arts Stockholm in 198995. She is one of the most acclaimed Swedish artists of today and the list of he solo exhibitions on an international basis is long and includes Santa Barbara ARts Forum, Santa Barbara, Carlifornia, Corner Contemporary Art, Washington DC and Pi Artworks, London. Her work is inluded in the colections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kiasma, Helsinki, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Denver Art Museum.


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