I never had hair on my body or head no. VI, 1995/2014
Born in Denmark, Niels Bonde graduated from the Copenhagen Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Frankfurt Institut für Neue Medien. Through installations and photographs, he examines the complexities between the private life and the intrusion of various forms of surveillance.
Within what seems to be a regular child’s room, harmless stuffed animals conceal small surveillance cameras. Thus, the toys become suspicious puppets, the innocence of mere objects yields to the implementation of power. We are not safe from the gaze of strangers in the street or public places, but our home is the last refuge of the private sphere. In Bonde’s installation, it is exposed for all to see. The installation's title is a commentary on the paranoia about surveillance. “I never had hair on my body or head” is a quote taken from the psychiatric questionnaire issued by a Danish clinic. The doctors there assessed the psychological state of their patients using the yes / no answer to 400 statements where a yes to this irrational statement would raise a warning flag.