February 5, 2013 - Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art - Mika Rottenberg: Sneeze to Squeeze
February 5, 2013

Mika Rottenberg: Sneeze to Squeeze

Mika Rottenberg, Barbara from Mary’s Cherries, 2004. Performance still. Courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. © Mika Rottenberg.

Mika Rottenberg
Sneeze to Squeeze
February 8–June 2, 2013

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Frihamnsgatan 28
115 56 Stockholm, Sweden
Hours: Thursday 11–7pm, Friday–Sunday 11–5pm


Curator: Tessa Praun

Magasin 3 is proud to present Mika Rottenberg’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Rottenberg’s video installations reveal an imaginative world full of surreal scenarios in which mundane objects are produced through protracted processes that resemble factory assembly lines. The workers in Rottenberg’s videos are often women who earn their living from their distinctive physical features, such as extreme obesity, muscularity, height or unusually long nails or hair. In the claustrophobic settings she constructs, women engage in the production of maraschino cherries, dough, makeup and wet-wipes in the most astonishing ways. Her films portray a compelling production line in which physical labor is transformed into commercial products.

“Mika Rottenberg has the rare ability to comment on contemporary life in a way that is visually alluring,” says exhibition curator Tessa Praun. “Her work can be interpreted from a broad feminist perspective, as well as one that embraces modern body-image obsessions and a poetic application of Marx’s theories on labor. With her unique, lighthearted, and absurd narratives, Mika Rottenberg creates art that is serious, thought-provoking and liberatingly funny.”

Rottenberg considers her artworks to be sculptures in which the moving image is just one of several components. Details from her films—lowered ceilings, confined spaces, boxes and walls coated in her emblematic plaster texture—extend into the exhibition space, creating a specific context for each work. The exhibition will include works that span the last ten years. For the first time, she will present a group of purely object-based works and the installation Tsss.

Mika Rottenberg was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Raised and educated in Israel, she moved ten years ago to New York, where she currently lives and works. Her most recent exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary and FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier (2012); M-Museum Leuven, Belgium (2011); De Appel, Amsterdam (2011); and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2010). In 2008 Mika Rottenberg was represented at the Whitney Biennial, New York.

Artist talk
Friday, February 8, 4pm
Mika Rottenberg speaks with curator Tessa Praun about her work. 
Following the conversation, Rottenberg will be signing her artist book (2011).

Mika Rottenberg has created Flying Ponytail Matchbox, 2013, a special hand-painted and signed edition of 25. Available for purchase at Magasin 3.

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