Mika RottenbergCosmic Generator, capture vidéo, 2017.
Photo : permission de l'artiste, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York & Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris Commandité par Skulptur Projekte Münster. Produit avec l’appui de Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London & Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, Piraeus

Mika Rottenberg’s surreal videos reveal porous architectures, within which absurd human tasks intertwine. For example, the busy protagonists of Squeeze (2010), primarily women, produce mysterious conglomerates of mashed-up lettuces, natural rubber, and cosmetic tins in the most ludicrous assembly line. Often integrating documentary footage of actual working conditions across the world, her orchestration of nonsensical labour ultimately offers an exhilarating allegory for the commodification of people. In the age of globalized hyper-capitalism, the artist enjoys reminding us that truth is always stranger than fiction, as wacky as the latter may be.

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