Born in 1984 in England, Hanne Lippard grew up in Norway before settling in Berlin. Lippard has been using language as the raw material for her work for the last eight years, processing it in texts, vocal performances, sound installations and printed or three-dimensional objects.
Titled Ulyd, the exhibition deals with the nature of female (over)politeness and the culture of excusing versus cursing and bluntness, as in ‘speaking from the gut.’ For the project, the artist combines language, archeology, myth, formality, the (female) body and technology to reveal the laten rage existent in many women as a direct response to the often forcible oppression and erasure of the female voice.
As the artist herself says, “Who would have thought that such venomous language could hide behind the good grace of a pretty face? I was taught only to speak when spoken to, and to not speak back if I had nothing good to say. But where does that ‘nothing good’ go when it is constantly suppressed by all the gentle p's and q's? Every dormant volcano will eventually find its own fine moment to erupt.”
Lippard’s practice explores the voice as a medium. Her education in graphic design informs how language can be visually powerful; her texts are visual, rhythmic, and performative rather than purely informative, and her work is conveyed through a variety of disciplines, which include short films, sound pieces, installations and performance.
Her most recent performances and exhibitions include Pocket, SALTS, Basel, CH (2017); Flesh, KW, Berlin, DE (2017) ars viva 2016; Index— The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, SE (2016); AUTOOFICE, *KURATOR, Rapperswil, CH (2016); Fluidity, Kunstverein, Hamburg, DE (2016); Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, DE (2016); 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015); Transmediale, Berlin (2015); Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, DE (2015); Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo (2014); Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2013); Poesía en Voz, Mexiko-City (2012). Learn more about the artist at hannelippard.com.
The exhibition has received generous support from Fritt Ord.
Installation views, FriArt: All rights reserved Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg and Max Reitmeier.