JENNY HOLZER "I AM AWAKE", 1996

Jenny Holzer is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century.

Her body of work, with its emphasis on text, is consistently provocative and occasionally frightening, bolstering the language of folk wisdom, pop culture and government statements to produce commentary on issues including power structures, gender struggle and warfare.

Over the past three decades Holzer has created an impressive oeuvre consisting of objects, sculpture and public art...often revisiting her slogans and statement in an array of media ranging from billboards to t-shirts, from marble benches to pencils

"I am awake in the place where women die" was a phrase first created by Jenny Holzer in her work Lustmord (1993-1994), which she created to bring attention to the scores of sexual assaults that took place during the Bosnia War (1992-1995).

'Lustmord' is a German word used to describe a sexual murder in connection with rape. Holzer wrote three poems recounting a sexual assault from three different perspectives; the victim, the perpetrator, and an observer. Lines from the poem were written on women's skin and photographed along with a LED installation. This work is an example of Holzer's progressive thinking and unapologetic confrontation of topics not yet being spoken about in society at the time, such as rape culture and victim blaming. 

This editioned piece breaths new life into a phrase from Lustmord highlighting a phrase on a functional puzzle. The phrase is taken from the poem written from the perspective of the victim. Appropriately, and symbolically, this puzzle draws upon the original inspiration for the work - the many facets and pieces of individuals and society in place for rape culture to occur. 

Holzer was the first female artist to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in 1990, winning the prestigious award for best pavilion. Her work can be found in most major museum collections around the world including the Tate (London), the Broad (Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), MACBA (Barcelona), and the Centre Pompidou (Paris) to mention a few. 

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"I am awake in the place where women die" 

USA, 1996

Wooden jigsaw puzzle, offset paper

Stamp-signed and hand-numbered on verso

8”H 15.8”W (work)

8.5"H 16.3"W 0.5"D (box)

Published by: Galerie-Éditions Média, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 

Very good condition

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