The Outside World Presents...KOM IHAG by Minna Oberg
The Outside World is pleased to presentâ¦KOM IHAG, by Finnish artist Minna Oberg.
The inspiration for Minna Oberg's work is in exploring the question of the nature of one's very existence. She asks us to consider our appreciation of actually being, of living in the here and now. Her work gives the viewer time for pensive reflection, to think, to protest, to challenge all of our accepted views on our own surroundings. She often makes use of public space interactively building walls to knock down barriers.
In previous works such as TILLGANG & EFTERFRAGAN 2003, she has used the idea of stress and lack of time being a western luxury as opposed to the real problem of the lack of water in some developing countries. Using the idea of a huge PVC droplet of water that drains slowly over a glass topped box that contains a print of a mobile phone text that is never sent. Her request being: for us to live for the moment, to recognize how often you are physically and mentally present and how lucky you are to be, without creating unnecessary pressures.
For this exhibition KOM IHAG Oberg is presenting the viewer with the idea that one's handbag is a true representation of what is essential to her every day existence. Possessions and thoughts carried around like wearing your heart over your shoulder perhaps. The notice boards on which they hang serve as reminders of the baggage that we carry with us, both mental and physical. The handbags themselves are from Minna's personal collection. With KOM IHAG Oberg invites the viewer to rummage through the personal possessions of mind, body and purse.
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