Public Intimacy


Public Intimacy at Parallel Vienna, 20 – 25 September 2016

Public Intimacy seeks to explore the meeting point between the temporary, public context of ‘Parallel Vienna’ and the private intimacy of the body, as site-specific interventions of space. The exhibition seeks to establish a dialogue between private subjects in a newly constituted public realm where interior and exterior mix and merge in order to capture a collective private void in public. The works of the artists represented share a sensible engagement seen in their approach to both an intimacy and absence of the body. By exploring the privacy of bodies and space, and how the artistic gestures create an architecture of Public Intimacy; art melts into a spatial construction and the architecture of the space mobilizes artistic gestures.

In her practise Lea Guldditte Hestelund examines the body as a sculptural object on many different levels and through various sculptural strategies. She explores the form of the body as both an object and a bearer of meaning that can reveal something about the culture and values attached to it, illustrating how form vacillates between definition and object. Through a dialectical use of the presence and absence of the body, Guldditte Hestelund articulates the relationship between a collective body and the private, questioning gender roles, identity and idealisation as cultural power.

Christine Overvad Hansen’s longstanding investigation of the ancient Greek caryatid is often present in her sculptural practise where she amongst other subjects explores the relations between body and space. The column, either in the shape of a woman carrying an element of a building or, in a smaller scale, a mirror, represents both body and architecture. Overvad Hansen often use herself as a performative aspect in her work, making the body an instrument in the performative, sculptural act, leaving only an imprint of its presence behind.

Pia Eikaas uses the nomadic as a point of departure in her work, adopting a form of cartographic approach in the mapping out of her fields of interest. Through an exploration of the relationship between the nomadic and the sedentary, Eikaas carries out a journey remapping cities as intimate places. Water becomes an essential element in these explorations. As a foundation of modern lifestyle, it takes part in both shaping and defining spaces of cities as well as daily intimate routines. Thereby mobilising alternative, critical approaches to understand the relationship between body and architecture.

Lea Guldditte Hestelund

Orlando ’15, 2015
(Banners: photo on textile)

My body knows how your body remember, 2016
(Sound loop)

Christine Overvad Hansen

Body brace for social intercourse, 2016
(Aluminum, stainless steel mount)

Pia Eikaas

Liquid City part 2 (Flaneuserie), 2016
(Portable shower: Bamboo Sticks, fabrics, towel, tea towels, rope, ladle, soap, used table cloth, stripes from the unbuilt Josephine Baker house. Video on tablets: Fountains; Map of water in Vienna)