JENNY SUNESSON

STAYING WITH THE TROUBLE

(2023)

A perfect white pet

2008

video loop, sound 9’40

The video work, “A perfect white pet”, is an auto-ethnographic investigation that relates to the time Sunesson spent as a housewife in England. The work is part of the trilogy ”The white suite” which consists of three pieces about ”The City, Home and the Human”which Sunesson worked with between 2004 and 2008. 

The series highlights post-colonial and neoliberal themes such as alienation, fear and consumption addressing Western society and its impact on human relations via Sunessons’ then home towns; Stockholm, Edinburgh and Worcester. 

In the era of digital capitalism, Jenny Sunesson borrows the title for the solo exhibition, and work, from Donna Haraways’ book from 2016. 

 

Staying with the trouble is Sunessons’ personal and, playful take on Haraways’ future call-out of how to “make with” and not against, exploring ways to modify, “endure” and “irresist”, within the current system.

 

This kind of speculative “endurance test” occupies Sunesson through-out her career and her current Modernity series, where she is recording, mapping, and playing around with the digital traces we let into the public sphere and leave behind.

 

 

 







Staying with the trouble

2023


Assorted sound recordings from peoples’ mobile phone speakers, video, mirrors, Nocco cans

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