How do you feel about "Lou"?
Exhibitions views from
Eilert Asmervik, Anaïs Horn: How do you feel about “Lou”?, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, 2020
and Intimacy/Privacy, curated by Clara Wildberger, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, 2022.
How do you feel about “Lou”? is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Anaïs Horn and Eilert Asmervik, consisting of a body of work initiated during the experience of an unexpected pregnancy, provoked by ideas of faith, desire and destiny.
Assembling photographs, paintings, videos, drawings, sculptures and personal objects, extending from their first meeting in October 2019 into the beginning of the new decade, encompassing the miscarriage, the surgery that followed, as well as the development of their relationship to each other, the installation – in contrast to a didactic monologue – relates openness and intimacy with vagueness and ambivalence.
The intention of the artists’ open approach to a scenario in which the trustworthy Western tool of rational thought and cognitive decision-making have repeatedly failed, is for the viewers to resonate freely and create their own ideas, interpretations and meanings around the installation and to subjectively weave loose threads.
First shown at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna, in 2020, the exhibition was accompanied by an artist’s book interweaving material from the period in question with contributions by invited artists and writers, Delphine Bedel, Adrian Buschmann, Anna Gien, Irmi Horn, Joakim Mathisen, Katharina Manojlovic, Laura Schawelka, Andy Schumacher, Daniela Trost and Verena Walzl, with the aim to open up, expand, abstract and nuance the dialogue around the topic with new ideas and perspectives. How do you feel about “Lou” was published by Meta/Books, Amsterdam, 1st edition 2020, 2nd edition, 2021.
(c) Clara Wildberger