What if, if I take your place?
For a four-month artist’s residency at IASPIS in Stockholm, I placed an advertisement in the newspaper asking people if I can take their place in one situation or another in their life. For an hour, a day, a week… I received 33 reactions and I took the place of 9 people, among which is a divorced woman, a garbage man, a curator, an alter ego, a girlfriend and a daughter, a pensioned man etc…
Also, a 62 year old lady who have just lost her partner and her job asked me if I can take over one day of suffering from her. She said: “if you can worry and have sad negative thoughts in my place for one day, then I can use that day to indulge unconditionally in something that would bring me joy.
My work withholds a desire to disappear in the geography of an other, which results often in a hyper presence. Borrowing each other’s absence or presence for a narration, a confrontation, a (re/dis)placement, a withdrawal, or a repetition of your/my reality points at things that escape us, things that we are but have not yet become.