04.02.11 Helga Steppan solo exhibition, 'The Lines Between Us', UNDERresidens BUS, Stockholm, 04.02.11 — 19.02.11

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The Lines in Between Us is an interactive installation that exists through people’s act of dedication. Steppan invites people to dedicate a book, at the same time she is writing her own and searching for lost dedications written by strangers. She builds together a collection of literary dedications where fiction meets reality. A space is created between the lines of words and images, the books and the participants were a personal storytelling is allowed to take place, a narration and meeting between the previous owners (the givers), the new owners and the viewers.

dedication [ˌdɛdɪˈkeɪʃən]
1. the act of dedicating or the state of being dedicated
2. an inscription or announcement prefixed to a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person or thing
3. complete and wholehearted devotion, esp to a career, ideal, etc.
4. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) a ceremony in which something, such as a church, is dedicated

To be part of ‘The Lines in Between Us’, bring a book and make a dedication to its next owner. The new owner can exist in reality or be imaginary. You decide what a dedication can be – a thought, a game, a message or a narrative with text and images. Or do you use your book as the material in itself to create a new object?

Helga Steppan is Swedish artist working mainly with the photographic media in combination with installation and elements of performance. One of her main interests lies in the meeting-point – or space – between the two and three dimensional, like the way everyday objects, people and situations interact with each other. Steppan constructs environments dealing with issues of identification, storytelling, ownership and consumption. In her multi-pronged experiments in documenting and archiving she aim to demonstrate that the process of reconstruction highlights the powers of the apparently mundane objects to summon memories and evoke experiences.

Opening Friday 4th February 17.00 – 20.00
Bring a book.

UNDERresidens BUS/Barnens Underjordiska Scen BUS |
Bondegatan 1F | 116 23 Stockholm | Sweden

The exhibition is open 4th -19th February 2011.
Thursday 18.00 – 21.00
Friday 18.00 – 21.00
Saturday 14.00 – 17.00

If you can not attend the exhibition you are very welcome to make a book dedication to the next owner and send it by post.