Press Releases : 2010/06

Åsa Sonjasdotter at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Published 2010/06/23

Åsa Sonjasdotter Potatofield, a Solution, 2010 Courtesy of the artist


Exhibition dates: 27 June–7 November

Åse Sonjasdotter was invited by the artist collective Fallen Fruit and curator Michele Urton to participate in 'EATLACMA – Fallen Fruit Presents The Fruit of LACMA', an exhibition and yearlong programme at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA. Within 'EATLACMA – Fallen Fruit Presents The Fruit of LACMA', Sonjasdotter will presentPotatofield, a Solution, one in a series of artist-designed gardens to be planted on the museum's campus. Inspired by Agnes Denes' work Wheatfield – A Confrontation – a two-acre field of wheat planted in a vacant lot in downtown Manhattan, New York, for the summer months of 1982 – Potatofield, a Solution identifies the Repatriation Agreement reached between Peruvian farmers and the National Gene Bank of Peru protecting traditional Peruvian potato breeds from being patented in an attempt to secure agricultural biodiversity. Hinting at certain similarities between the conservation of artworks in a museum collection and the conservation of plants by labeling them as artworks, Potatofield, a Solution explores the relationship between a commodities market and restrictions on product groups prevented from entering into a market economy.


The participation of Åse Sonjasdotter within 'EATLACMA – Fallen Fruit Presents The Fruit of LACMA' at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

About the Artist

Åsa Sonjasdotter is a visual artist born in Sweden, based in Tromsø, Norway and in Berlin, Germany. Sonjasdotter's practice centres on issues of society, power, knowledge and the transformation of meaning. As an integral part of Sonjasdotter's long-term projects, the exhibition often functions as a site for exchange of goods, knowledge and power positions as well as acting as a metaphor for societal conditions. Since 2007 Åsa Sonjasdotter has been a professor of Contemporary Art at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art in Tromsø, which she helped establish. Her selected projects and exhibitions include 'Small Potatoes Make Big Noise' ,The 4th Bucharest Biennale, Bucharest, Romania, 2010; 'The Gatherers: Greening Our Urban Spheres', Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, 2008; 'Tea Pavilion', The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China, 2008; 'Sharing the Knowledge' at Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007; 'Reconstructing Supplies', Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien, Austria, 2007.