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02 Jun 2008

Galerie Voss @ The Solo Project 2008, BASEL

Maria Friberg, 'Still Lives #5'
C-Print on wood, 2005, 180 x 230 cm.

Maria Friberg // Still Lives


Tue - Fri: 10am - 6 pm
Sat: 11 am - 2 pm


Mühlengasse 3
40213 Düsseldorf

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At the new art fair 'The Solo Project' in Basel, Galerie Voss will show from June 2-8, 2008 the photograph series 'Still Lives' by swedish artist Maria Friberg. She explores the male image of the present day in her quest for the human aspect behind the public role represented by the ubiquitous formal business suit. This determines her choice of models - men who are decidedly masculine in appearance, but who are presented visually in such a way that they appear vulnerable in spite of all their strength. However, it is not her intention to unmask the male as weak, but rather to reveal the human and vulnerable side as a sign of strength. The symbolical character of Maria Fribergs photographs has in part archetypal aspects and appears linked in many ways with the european pictorial tradition.

'The solo project', a newcomer to the Basel scene has been set up by Paul Kusseneers gallery in Antwerp and is supported by an array of 21 established galleries in both Europe and America in order to address a number of qualities we consider to be missing from the international art agenda. Its aims are to present artwork from an invited group of international galleries, who in turn have selected artists from their own gallery programme to make a presentation in a clear and defined manner.

The show, due to take place to coincide with Art Basel in June 2008 will make a serious attempt to focus the art gallery going public on this carefully selected group of artists, each presenting solo or collaborative projects.

There is a full colour, well illustrated catalogue available for the event, including a six page section for each gallery to collate a record of works presented at the show with added contextual information about each artist.