Light Therapy is a response to the lack of the light, during the winter time commonly associated with the northern hemisphere. The official Light Therapy derives from psychiatric hospitals, where this treatment is used to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), milder winter blues and sleep disorders caused by jetlag and overwork, or lack of daylight. It is a therapy with no proven side effects, which everyone can use.
The Light Therapy room also comments on the contemporary art space of today, a space that not only functions as an exhibition space but also offer other activities. This will be the fourth iteration of "Light Therapy" for Šušteršič. The first was produced for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1999.
About the artist:
Apolonija Šušteršič is a Slovenian architect and visual artist. Her work is related to a critical analysis of space; usually focused at the processes and relationships between institutions, cultural politics, urban planning and architecture. Her practice is imbedded within interdisciplinary discourse and usually includes collaborations with other professionals such as architects, urban planners, curators, sociologists, and local population. Šušteršič has a PhD from University of Lund, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; and runs her own art / architecture studio practice in Oslo, Norway and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is a professor in visual art at Oslo National Academy for the Arts, Head of MFA Program: Art & Public Space.
Šušteršič’s has previously worked in Carlow. In 2002 she produced “Visual Cookie – simulation” as part of the Visualise Carlow project, a communication model to get a dialogue going between the local audience and contemporary art production in Carlow. It was launched as an advance programme to the opening of VISUAL in 2009.
Light Therapy II, Netherlands, (2013) Courtesy: Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven. Photo: Peter Cox