\Fiona BannerArsenal04.09. - 30.10.2004
Fiona Banner, *1966 in Merseyside, UK,
lives and works in London, UK
Photos: Jens Ziehe
Fiona Banner deploys the translation of image into language, the transformation of the spoken word into sculptural material and distortions in scale as strategies to unearth the layers behind image and text – the discourses that are inherent in linguistic and visual communication, both on a conscious and subconscious level.
Her works capture the point where language is unable to resolve contradictions, where conflicting emotions – attraction and repulsion, fascination and horror – resist subsumption under a single linguistic term. Banner invents precise and powerful images that contain inconsistent reactions arising from our confrontation with extreme and existential situations, often experienced second-hand through the media. In doing so, Banner touches upon taboos and conventions set-up by gender-specific, social, political and moral laws, which often impede or suppress our insight into and acknowledgment of the ambivalent nature of one’s feelings and emotions.Read more