*1959, Ljusjult. Lives in Göteborg and Stockholm.
Photographic Documentation and Archive of Manifesta 2:
Roman Mensing, Münster
Trying to get in between to persons, 1997/98
drawings on paper, photographs
Maria Lindberg is one of the key figures of aesthetic debate in the 1990s. The themes of violence, sexual discrimination, the body and other typical contemporary social experiences contribute to giving a new impetus to the medium of painting. The origins of Maria Lindberg's work are rooted in the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and the medium of performance, rather than in the pure tradition of painting.
The drawings on paper she presents within the framework of Manifesta 2 have been realised in 1997 and 1998. They are however the result of a long-term cycle that started some ten years ago and that the artist has been constantly resuming ever since. In her pictures, she applies fix parametres, such as drawing figures on the white space of an empty sheet of paper, allusions to comic-strip techniques, and the playful use of language. Through these deliberately simple means the artist succeeds in creating countless tricks and variants, including reverse perspectives, and the dialogue between language and image.
Each of the thirty-one works is an independent work in itself;. but together they form the model diary of a woman in present-day society.