Sydsvenska Dagbladet May 1999

Strong, beautiful, essential

Yes, who would really want to dance with you? As you are so ugly, there is not even a need to see through you. It is enough to see the surface. Let's face it. You are just not good enough. If you had been talented and been able to converse... But not even that.

Anita Christoffersson's exhibition "Who would dance with you" at Ronneby Kulturcentrum (until 30.5) is centred on being an outsider (being outside), on want (lack) which is not a longing for something but a hunger. On blankets, old blinds, boards of masonite and other junk, which look as if they come from a clearing of an attic, she has printed and embroidered her texts: "I don't want to", "I hate myself", "Who would dance with you" and other expressions of self-denial, self-contempt, self-pity. Perhaps this is made with female signatures, but I am not sure. Self-hatred passes the borders of gender: most of us surely have a twinge of it sometimes.

Anita Christoffersson's exhibition "Who would dance with you" has a quiet but intensive voice. After one year at the most important art education centre in London, Goldsmiths College, from which a great deal of the greatest British artists during the 90's have come from, she has made an exhibition, which goes across most of what is shown today. It is expressive, personal, strongly loaded with emotions without the slightest reservation and, at the same time, without being stickily private. This is art about something essential, about something profoundly human. By penetrating her own vulnerability, she shows us our own. It is both strong and beautiful.

Pontus Kyander