hanne lydia

Panties and threats



Hanne Lydia Opøien Kristoffersen and Christian Messel
Tegnerforbundet, Oslo. Crass contrasts between Kristoffersen’s dark disguise and Messel’s pointed pose. MASKED: The model in the drawing “Man M/L” by Hanne Lydia Opøien Kristoffesen seems to be both tamed and threatened.

By Harald Flor


Contrasts abound in Tegnerforbundet in Oslo. Both between the two exhibitors – Hanne Lydia Opøien Kristoffersen/Christian Messel -  and in their widely different work. Kristoffersen joins daring theme combinations with soft pastel on a dark background……In Kristoffersen’s large drawing “Sloggi and Chanel, the terrorists, 3M/L”, a woman partly covered with a pair of panties and sun-glasses stretches out her arm in an aggressive pose. Some bright spots are reflected in the bespectacled stare, and the informative catalogue text explains the character with the fact that it is based on self-photographing. But the verbal objectivity in Kristoffersen is just as little about sober, photographic record as Neue Sachlichkeit is in artists like Otto Dix and George Grosz.


Inflamed colour
The associations exquisitely move towards such contrasting poles as the femininely exposed underwear commercial in the city, and the covering hijab in Muslim women such as we see them in the urban setting. This duplicity, which can’t be categorized, has an alarming effect which goes beyond the customary visual setting. That also applies to the drawing ”Man, ML”.  Again the requisites are a pair of panties, now labelled MAN – and Chanel sun-glasses. The glasses give an inflamed colour focus around wide open eyes, while the woman’s forehead and thin shoulders are devoid of bodily complexion. This paleness underlines the model’s position as totally tamed, and makes the bloodshot-coloured look particularly uncomfortable.  It is not easy to forget the memory of what you have seen in Hanne Lydia Opøien Kristoffersen’s pictures.









last century
I am a block
The Storm
Pizza and Death
Being mistaken
true story
northward, by the sea
panties and threats
drawings on the right
drawings that grip you
private violence
marked for life
the scarlets
various text