Anja Høvik Strømsted and Jasmin Hurst, “The Desert Club Weapon”, photography and objects, 2013, “MOLT!“, group exhibition, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin
We resort to escapism turning into an unbecoming character of a cavewoman with a club weapon, while the “real” world of culture war, empire building and pornography has not changed the slightest. This hybridized ‘mad scene’ in the iconic Sahara desert, exhibited in a glass box, examines themes of modern identity, westernization, history and the future, community and isolation, gender, and entertainment and popular fictions. We mix cultural and historical references with personal meanings and identity. We mix political reaction with psychedelic absurdity. In an array of contradictory practices it is both virus and utopia.
Statement-Anja Høvik Strømsted and Jasmin Hurst.