Andrea Frasers video installation Projection stages a psychoanalytic session in which the viewer is addressed as analyst, patient and voyeuristic spectator.
The title is a play on two uses of the word projection: in the technical sense as the display of a moving image, and in psychoanalysis as the unconscious transfer of desires or emotions to an external object.
The work is based on the transcripts of real psychoanalytic consultations, adapted into twelve monologues and alternated so that Fraser plays the roles of both analyst and patient. Looking directly into the camera, Fraser creates the effect of interacting with the image on the opposite wall but also with the viewer in the middle of the room, who becomes the object, or psychoanalytic screen, of each projection.
Projection is partly intended to reveal aspects of the unspoken relations between artists, artworks and viewers, whereby the consumption of art becomes, to an extent, a role-playing exercise. Since the mid-1980s, Fraser has been central to the development of a kind of artistic practice known as institutional critique, which investigates the wider social, semantic and economic structures behind the presentation of art, particularly in the context of museums. With Projection, she turns her attention to the role of the spectator, highlighting the affective and psychological mechanisms which play a subtle yet crucial role in the experience of artworks.
Andrea Fraser was born in 1965 in Billings, Montana. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Curated by Valentina Ravaglia