Annika Larsson explores social mechanisms of dominance and subjugation, control and powerlessness. Her figures frequently reveal an unsettling blend of narcissism, obsession, loss of control and vulnerability. Although the protagonists in her early videos tend to be men, Larsson ́s main interest are not male stereotypes, but rather the codes expressed by body language and the social power structures that underlie them. The male body is a stage and a vehicle for political, sexual, inter- personal, feminist and queer content.
Dog was initially presented at Art Basel in 2001 and awarded the Baloise Art Award. It has subsequently been shown at institutions such as Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015), Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel (2009), The Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki (2007), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2006), SMAK in Ghent (2002) and ICA - Institute of Contemporay Art, London (2002)
Bend II is an early example of computer animation in video and has been shown at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2006), SMAK in Ghent (2002), Bildmuseet, Umeå (2002)
Pink Ball has been shown at Berlinischer Galerie, Berlin (2017), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015), Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg (2006), Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2006), Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2004), Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (2003) to name a few institutions.
Annika Larsson, born 1972 in Stockholm, lives and works in Berlin. Her work has recently been shown in group exhibitions at Maxxi Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome and MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo. She received the prestigious Villa Massimo award in 2014, which included a one-year residency in Rome, and since the fall 2017 she is a Professor in Time based Media at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.
Her institutional solo-exhibitions include the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, Le Magasin, Grenoble, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, ICA-Institute of Contemporary Art, London, ZKM, Karlsruhe, S.M.A.K., Ghent and Musac, Lyon. She has participated in biennials such as 49th Venice Biennial, 8th Istanbul Biennial and 6th Shanghai Biennial among others. Forthcoming exhibitions include Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin in 2018, among other venues.