Helga Steppan, 'Belongings Apart'


ISBN: 978-0-9556292-0-4

In ‘Belongings Apart’, Steppan invited her friends, family and acquaintances to lend her something they own which is transparent. The objects were presented at Man&Eve as a large sculptural installation, shown together with photographs of the different locations where they previously belonged and a written piece by each owner. The written texts describe the meanings and associations which the objects hold for their owner. Removed from their original environment and juxtaposed with other objects in a new context they become anonymous and subject to multiple different readings and interpretations.

‘Belongings Apart’ questions the extent to which an object or possession can ever represent its owner or hold particular meaning and invites the audience to discover its own associations in the work. The book documents the process behind this project and collectively show all the participants photographs, texts and documentation of the installation ‘See-through’. Introductory essay ‘Live/Work on belongings, longings, being together and being a part by ‘Åsa Ståhl’.