A solo exhibition by Nina Beier and Marie Lund curated by Vincent Honoré turning into a group show with works by Johanna Billing, Aurélien Froment, Dora Garcia, Cecilie Gravesen, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Chosil Kil, Jiri Kovanda, Benoît Maire, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Roman Ondak, Mario Garcia Torres and graphic design group Åbäke curated by Nina Beier and Marie Lund.
Nina Beier and Marie Lund have been working collaboratively since 2003. Their work stems from a fascination with shared history and group dynamics, be they awkward, fervent, polite or tender. The artists play with social customs often by orchestrating simple situations that allow instinctive human reactions to determine the viewer’s experience.
Their works – videos, photographs, altered or displaced objects, installations, performances –reveal a subtle awareness and critique of the institutional, social and cultural systems of representation. They often start by exploring collective memory and the possibility of a physical or intellectual act of resistance to the established structures of communication.
Beier and Lund are interested in failed ideas and political involvement, and have a fascination with storytelling and invisible human relationships. They investigate group dynamics with a clear knowledge and understanding of the utopian pursuit of collectivism, and political performative actions mainly inspired by artists of the 70s (Jiri Kovanda, Julius Koller, Vito Acconci, Daniel Buren, Adrian Piper, etc.).
The piece All the Best, consists of an instruction to leave all post sent to the gallery for the duration of the show, unopened on the floor. For another work, All the People at Tate Modern (Clap in time), the employees of the museum were asked to stop what they were doing and start clapping at a given time during the opening hours. Visitors chose to either clap along or be clapped at.
During the course of the show the artists gradually alter the exhibition, changing this solo show into a group show. They invite other artists to exchange their own work for work by these artists. Each new piece added changes the dynamics of the group. Rather than problematising the difference between artist and curator, the exhibition is an experiment in opening up this relationship and in collaborative curating.
Nina Beier and Marie Lund explain: “As a response to the solo exhibition Vincent Honoré has curated of our work, we have invited artists that we feel related to, know and have shown with before to replace each of our works over the course of the exhibition. By picking up on these relations built over time with people we have previously been put in context with, we wish to operate from within the structure of the group exhibition and open up for a collective process in the forming of the show.
In dialogue with the artists each work is exchanged based on inherent relations, following any strand of logic, which may be thematic, intuitive or formal. This can either result in a new work responding to the situation or bringing in an existing piece.
Adapting to the format of the exhibition, placing the new work in the same spot, on the same plinths, nails etc, the final group show will carry the traces of the first show. All decisions will be taken locally relating to the exchange of each piece and it will be assembled from the inside without regard for the overall. This way the final group exhibition will not end up as a full curatorial rendition of the initial solo exhibition, but rather as a series of discussions. Through this rough translation we mean to take the focus to the intentions behind, both the curation and each work brought into the exhibition.
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