Lidén works with materials from the urban space that surrounds her. Her bench series is one that she has been working on for some time. She relies on freely available urban inventory – often bulk or packaging waste – and uses cans, garbage bins or cardboard waste to create the benches. This aesthetic of the provisional questions the usefulness of the objects and at the same time establishes new contexts of meaning. If, for example, a bench is too unstable, its leg is replaced with a prosthesis made of filled sacks.
Klara Lidén (b. 1979, Stockholm, Sweden) takes a socially critical look at themes of resistance and civil disobedience. The artist works with her own body, exposing it in a built environment and obsessive world through video, sculpture, and installation. Klara Lidén lives and works in Berlin and New York.
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