Cajsa von Zeipel | Bedsit Land

Exhibition period: 29 April – 13 May 2011, by appointment

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On Thursday, 28 April 2011, Bedsit Land opened at a private apartment in Southern Stockholm. Following the invitation of smallworldsproject to exhibit at curator Stefanie Hessler’s apartment, Cajsa von Zeipel chose the bed as site for her installation. With Bedsit Land, she takes over the most intimate spot in a private home. As a result of this occupation, the actual entitled resident is denied the sanctuary of her own bed. This gesture appears as striking act against privacy and shelteredness, further amplifying the idea behind turning a home into a publicly accessible exhibition space.

 

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Christian Hargreaves

 

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Stefanie Hessler

 

Bedsit is a term originally used for a common form of dwellings in Great Britain, comprising a single room with a shared bathroom in a house with several inhabitants. Bedsits are mainly inhabited by students and young people with small personal economies. Due to the size of these rooms, residents usually do not have enough space for any furniture other than a bed, on which they consequently spend most of their time. In 1981, the English synthpop duo Soft Cell devoted their song Bedsitter to this form of housing and lifestyle, expressing the desperation and boredom behind the dazzling and rampant London nightlife at that time. The video of the song shows a young man in his bedsit after a night out partying, revealing his loneliness and isolation by day and the downside of a hedonistic way of living.

 

“Dancing, laughing, drinking, loving / And now I’m all alone in bedsit land / My only home”

 

The work will form part of the curator’s everyday life for several weeks, alluding to the idea of collectorship and testing to what extent the exposure of private details is considered appropriate by others: As described in the song, the installation Bedsit Land refers to a similar condition of being absorbed in one’s own thoughts and a world of one’s own by turning away from social interaction. The girl is entirely engaged with herself and lost in her own thoughts and lust. She acts as if she did not know that she is being watched. With the representation of this very intimate behaviour and the situatedness in the apartment, the exhibition seeks to discover what is presentable and possible to share with the public. This question extends to our acceptance of media representations: With her skinny legs and distinctive facial features, the girl follows a certain idea of beauty. von Zeipel depicts prevailing body standards and thusly returns to the question of how we react to the world views and imagery typified in the public realm of media.

 

In her work, Cajsa von Zeipel refers to classical sculpture and art historical traditions. With her larger than life-size plaster girls, she raises questions about youth culture aesthetics, sexuality and the representation of the ideal of beauty in media today. Cajsa von Zeipel was born in Gothenburg in 1983. She graduated from the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm in 2010. Her work has amongst others been exhibited at Moderna Museet Stockholm, Mitterrand + Cramer Geneva and the Gothenburg Museum of Art, where it is also included in the collection.
 


Cajsa von Zeipel – Bedsit Land. Video by Stefanie Hessler
 

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Cajsa von Zeipel

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Cajsa von Zeipel

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Cajsa von Zeipel

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Christian Hargreaves

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Cajsa von Zeipel

Cajsa von Zeipel - Bedsit Land. Photo by Christian Hargreaves

 

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