Frida Farm BM drawings
At Bar Brillo Frida is exhibiting a series of drawings and a couple of oil paintings.
The series of drawings are depicting members of the Baader–Meinhof Group.
In a time when we look at terrorism with different perspective the Baader–Meinhof Group or Baader–Meinhof Gang is interesting to investigate further. Persons like Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof were not only considered villains, but also came to achieve a kind of cult status for many. The group never used these names to refer to itself, since it viewed itself as a co-founded group consisting of numerous members and not a group with two figureheads.
Frida Farm is interested in the phenomena of The terrorist and if the word now has a different meaning, but also of her own conception of terrorism (and especially the Baader–Meinhof Group) and the semantics of the word.
Frida about the series of drawings at Bar Brillo
“What I was thinking when I made the drawings was that Baader Meinhof was like rock stars to me in my teens and they had support among civilians in Europe when they were active. Even today, I can understand them without being behind their methods. They are somehow human to me in a different way than contemporary terrorists like Breivik and Akilov who to me (and the majority I guess) seem completely grotesque. I think every time has its kind of terror. From my perspective, terrorism used to be better. When I drew Baader Meinhof, I thought they looked like me and my brother.”
About Frida Farm
Frida Farm, born in 1975, lives and works in Stockholm. Contemporary, massproduced objects form a recurring theme in her paintings, objects designed to be forced upon the consumer. These are juxtaposed with painstakingly painted rubbish. Failures, defects and the estranged are portrayed with respect and dignity, as though they were as sensitive as the mouth of a baby. Eight years ago, Farm lost her friend in an accident. She could not bear the loss and injustice, and in a kind of aggressive disqualification of fact, she began to produce drawings in which the friend looked as life-like as possible. Her friend and their discussions were kept alive by the drawings, which today number several hundred. “Buddha honored the dignity of letting go, but for me the word dignified has always meant resistance, never acceptance” Farm says.