081208: Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Sissa Micheli – Remind me - Rewind me - Little stories between the visible and the invisible

Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Sissa Micheli – Remind me - Rewind me - Little stories between the visible and the invisible Reconstructing reality It is no coincidence that Cindy Sherman comes to everybody’s mind while viewing Sissa Micheli’s works (born 1975), currently shown at the MUSA Startgalerie. The obvious connection to Sherman is even documented by Micheli, even if somewhat more discretely than necessary, but in any case it is a rather rare act of honesty. The pink-coloured photos show a conservatively dressed woman in a kitschy, old fashioned, luxurious apartment involved in everyday doings. The artist reconstructs the imaginary life of women, whose life she is only acquainted with through reports in the New York Times. These works have absolutely nothing to do with their real life. Similar to Cindy Sherman’s works, the situations continuously revolve around role-playing, including gender role-playing. A film, which is shot in the apartment of a grandmother, who is recounting her life for the last time before the apartment and all of its memories are dissolved, is very touching. The artist slips into the grandmother’s dress and thereby into the grandmother’s character, allowing the onlooker to take part in her memories. Fiction and reality seemingly flow into one another. The difference between totally fabricated and actually experienced situations is in any case not relevant to the observer. Not what has happened counts, but much more what remains. However, only rarely does one succeed to reconstruct reality, something that makes it apparent how complex life is compared to art. And maybe that is why we are dependent on the latter to at least understand a fraction of the former. Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the Town Hall, until 11. 12. 08 www. musa.at

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