Ann Lislegaard uses compelling narratives infused with noir-esque mysteries to dilate our senses of sight and hearing. With her sound, light and video works she creates changing and unstable mise-en-scènes that explore the relationship between place, identity and subjectivity.
Bellona (after Samuel R. Delany) is Lislegaard’s second solo exhibition at Murray Guy, a work shown this summer in the Danish Pavilion of this year’s 51st Venice Biennale. Bellona, the fictional city of Delany’s 1974 science fiction cult classic Dhalgren, is a place beyond reason, where time and space is out of joint, and architectural fixtures seem to be in constant flux and transformation. In Lislegaard’s video animation, Bellona is a psychological space in which norms and standards seem to dissolve into a chaos of anti-hierarchical conditions.
Lislegaard was born in Norway and now lives in Copenhagen and New York. She has exhibited widely in Europe. In the United States her work has been seen recently at the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Conn. and in Son et Lumiére at the List Visual Art Center, MIT, Cambridge, Mass. In addition to the Venice Biennale, she is currently participating in the Gøterburg International Biennial, Sweden and in the exhibition Ecstasy – In and Around Altered States at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.