Berlin-based Swedish artist Klara Liden questions the functions of private and public space through installations and video performances utilizing scavenged materials and pre-existing urban structures. Through economical and invasive means, the artist transforms urban detritus such as found cardboard, police barricades, and carpet remnants into bunker-like structures that retain a semblance of solidity yet convey a feeling of melancholy and gloom. Liden’s radical video performances often feature her smashing or throwing objects, or dancing wildly on public transportation and in abandoned dwellings.
Liden is a self-taught artist. She has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2009); Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2009); Nordic Pavillion, Venice Biennale, Italy (2009); and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, New York (2008). Her work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Non-solo Show, Non-group Show, Kunsthalle Zürich, Germany (2009); Berlin-Los Angeles: A Tale of Two (Other) Cities, Massimo de Carlo, Milano, Italy (2009); Political/Minimal, KW Berlin, Germany (2009); Momentum 2009, The 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway (2009); and After Nature, New Museum, New York, New York (2008).