Åsa Ersmark | Solo

06 Sep 2018 - 07 Oct 2018

Clark House Initiative
Exhibition Space (Lower Deck Last Room)

Exhibition Overview

In a pine forest loaded with mushrooms an encounter with the Goddess Hekate emerges. In a moonlit bed inspired by the moon scene in Les Amants by Louis Malle the meaning of a woman´s beauty is transformed. The only actor in the film Hekate rising is asleep, dreamed of, outdoors on a dreamy meadow. In an image-driven tribute to analogue film, poetry and psychedelia the Goddess Hekate is evoked. A psychedelic love story about eternal love originating from a feminine and prehistoric power.

The voice in the film utilizes desire and ASMR-technic (autonomous sensory meridian response), a seductiveness normally described as female, which is mostly allowed to exist and express itself in relation to a traditional male desire. Instead of giving pleasure on request the voice expresses its erotic power to invoke the Goddess Hekate.

ASMR as a form of semi-soft porn has been an internet phenomenon for years, where female voices cater to male pleasure. In summoning Hekate, the artist is hoping to find a feminism before and outside of today´s patriarchal capitalism, where contemporary feminism has sometimes failed. The capitalist paradigm is all-encompassing in its nature and devours resisting outposts. Instead of reinventing the wheel, could we re-evaluate the past and revive methods from before its takeover; from matriarchy?

Åsa Ersmark
Bombay 2018


Åsa Ersmark (b. 1981 in Stockholm) educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Åsa Ersmark’s works that are not medium-specific explore the concept of freedom, sexuality and the subconscious’s place and explosiveness in a patriarchal and consumption-driven age. She works with film, installation, photography, handmade objects, animation and the human body. Objects and processes appear as moving sculptures in works that are both “static and mobile, sculptural and animated, physical and transitory”. Working across sculpture and video installation, her work has been exhibited at The Modern Museum in Stockholm, Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival, Färgfabriken in Stockholm, and the Gothenburg Art Museum among many others. Ersmark received her MFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm and grants from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Studio Grant, City of Stockholm, and The Royal Institute of Art among others. During September-November 2018, Uppsala Art Museum will hold a solo exhibition of her work.

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