A Conversion Act
Prompted by an interest in narrative, Berlin-based Swedish artist Nadja Bournonville has worked extensively on the phenomenon of female hysteria. In her latest beautifully designed artist’s book, the artist uses fragmentary traces of this highly elusive pathology to create a discrete world of often-surrealistic images. Bournonville’s photographs, drawings and prints seductively blend fact with fiction. Of her working method, the artist says: “My work focuses on this act of transformation, the spectacle, the staging, the attempt to document and size up the body through photography, the subliminal erotic aspect, and the all-in-all shaky framework as medical theory.” Stunning reproductions create the backdrop for the artist’s complex and personal exploration. Essays by Karin Johannisson, Christina von Braun, and Dorothee Elmiger contextualize the history and aesthetics of hysteria.
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