Birgit Graschopf, shibari (2014)
Birgit Graschopf suspends four figures bound with bright green ropes from the ceiling of an unfinished, as-yet wall-less building. The ropes are laced in the style of the Japanese bondage art “shibari,” which is usually performed on nude female models. The protagonists in Birgit Graschopf’s composition – women and men in classic business clothes – are only seemingly isolated in their suspension. The connections between one another, as well as the possibility of being able to free themselves to some extent, dispels the notion that they are mere marionettes. The artist creates a subtle and ironic reference to a restricted, often externally defined, but always interaction-based everyday office life.
Birgit Graschopf (* 1978) addresses social structures and interaction in much of her work. She explores the relationship between society and the individual in private and public space. Characteristic of her work are the installation-based staging of her photographs as well as her interdisciplinary approach, combining photography, video, drawing, and installations.