Swetlana Heger

b. 1968, Czech Republic

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

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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.