Swetlana Heger

b. 1968, Czech Republic


Swetlana Heger
Swetlana Heger, 99 Years/1 m2 of a Castle to Lease, 2007




In 99 Years (1m2 of a Castle to Lease), a green square on the gallery floor is mirrored in a photograph of the interior of a castle. The work comes with an added guarantee: the person who buys it is granted access to the square metre of space covered by the sculpture in the photograph. The green square amounts to a token of the space it refers to or an elegant three-dimensional advertisement. Heger’s work draws attention to the complex relationships between private and public space. By selling a segment of something as exclusive as a castle, Heger also exposes some of the realities and fantasies attached to ownership.