Hannah Ryggen

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PublisherHatje Cantz2012
This title will be available soon. On its first display, Picasso’s Guernica hung in close proximity to a tapestry entitled Etiopia (Ethiopia), woven in 1935 by a then barely known Norwegian artist (born in Sweden) called Hannah Ryggen, in response to Benito Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia. 1935. The military occupation secured Mussolini with international popularity and forged the alliance with Adolf Hitler that effectively supported Franco and enabled the bombing of Guernica.Violence for the ages. The motivation for Ryggen’s tapestry did not come out of a request from a commissioner or institutional mediator, but from an urgent personal need to respond ...
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PublisherHatje Cantz2012
This title will be available soon. My dear friend, Quite some time has passed since my last letter, and there are a few urgent matters that I would like to tell you about. One day, when I was writing the place-name “Kassel” on my smartphone, I made a mistake and the word was automatically corrected by the intelligent digital device to “Kabul.” This made me think of the conflicted relationship between the technologies of communication on the one hand, and intentionality and language on the other. In turn, that made me think about conflicts in general (that is, not just war), and then ...

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