Bianca Hisse (b. 1994) is born in São Paulo, Brazil but lives in Norway, where she graduated (MFA) from Kunstakademiet, Tromsø in 2019.
Bianca Hisse spent two months (August-September, 2020) in Residence Botkyrka in Fittja and explored the public space through her performative practice, where the vulnerability of the individual body is placed in a larger context of societal structures and spatial norms.
Part of the Developing Nordic Cities Programme, supported by the Nordic Culture Point.
15 October, 2020 – 16 January, 2021
The exhibition Especially Vulnerable moves within the urban infrastructure, in between power stations and walkways through Northern Botkyrka. Through the appropriation and rearrangement of visual elements found in Fittja, this exhibition presents new interlaced structures, suggesting a performative twist within the rigid forms of urban space.
In the filmed performance Paying for my electricity bill, the artist crawls towards the electrical power station located between Fittja and Alby. The action makes reference to the ritual of “paying for a promise” or “paying for an oath”, often found in Christianity but also in other religious practices, which consists of putting oneself in a vulnerable position as a gratitude for receiving a blessing. Across many cultures, this ‘payment’ is done through crawling in public space towards a church or a temple.
In the performance, the temple is the city itself, and its infrastructure is the omnipresent force perpetually generating electrical power – a key element that maintains today’s modern societies functioning. The two channel video is done in collaboration with photographer and filmmaker Lasmi Belmar.
The sculptural works bring together elements such as discarded pieces of metal, remnants of asphalt, pamphlets and and dried leaves also appear in the sculptural works. After two months observing street lighting in Fittja, the objects reflect on what has been left in the dark and forgotten in public space.
In Street Lighting, an abandoned metal structure is transformed into a light pole, directly addressing the issue of visibility and invisibility in public space. Also in Power Plant, the use of organic materials such as leaves and sugar bring attention to the life span of these structures and its decay.
Investigating how movement is manifested within infrastructures, Especially Vulnerable is a project aiming to inhabit the borders of strict definitions: how can a single body negotiate with the materiality of the city? Is invisibility just a matter of lack of light?