Saskia Olde Wolbers (b. 1971)

Lot 312: Placebo, a video still by Saskia Olde Wolbers

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

December 13, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: OLDE WOLBERS, Saskia (Dutch, British 1971). Placebo, 2002. Chromogenic print (video still), flush-mounted on dibond and framed with Galerie Diana Stigter label on the reverse. Several tiny unobtrusive scratches, else good.
Dimensions: Image size 58.5 x 63.5 cm., frame size 62.5 x 67.5 cm.
Artist or Maker: OLDE WOLBERS, Saskia (Dutch, British 1971).
Provenance: Private collection; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam
'Placebo is a fictional story based on the syndrome Pseudoligica Phantastica, where invented experiences are presented as reality. The video is set within the intensive care unit of a hospital with the off-screen narrative told by the mistress of a supposedly married man who claims he is a surgeon. Regaining consciousness after a car crash that her now comatose lover orchestrated, she begins to unravel his intricate web of deceit. Images of empty hospital interiors, a drip, effervescent pills and various molecular structures, melt away into liquid globules. Placebo is filmed in real time in miniature sets covered in paint and submerged in water. A soundtrack of electronic samples plays in tune with the melting droplets' (from the website of the artist).
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