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"Empire Of The Senseless", 2009, mixed media installation, view from the exhibition ”China Shop. State Of Emergency”, Overgaden – The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Copenhagen, 25. April – 14. June 2009.

Empire Of The Senseless
The mixed media installation deals with the complex relationship between buyer and seller in prostitution.

The installation consists of a “Chinese teahouse” made of metals grits and silk. Inside there is a text, written by me that put Chinas sex industry into perspective. One can hear my voice in headphones and see a textual video projection on the floor – both are deconstructed of Jane Fonda’s monologues from the movie Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971). In the voice over, I play the Jane Fonda part, – the traumatic questioning of a self, that exchanges sexual services for money.

On the outside are quotes by Hannah Arendt and John Stoltenberg and a textile work with the words "Face Value".

The installation was a setting for negotiations between people and part of the show “China Shop. State of Emergency” an exhibition, which remembered the 20th year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, in 1989.