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All The Best. A Solo Exhibition by Nina Beier and Marie Lund turning into a Group Show (12 Sep — 15 Nov 2008)

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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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  • Nina Beier and Marie Lund 
Les Sabots 2007
16 mm film, 5min
Courtesy the artists and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.
    1/12Nina Beier and Marie Lund Les Sabots 2007 16 mm film, 5min Courtesy the artists and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.
  • Johanna Billing
What Else Do You Do?, 2001
video, 5 min
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Garden, London.
    2/12Johanna Billing What Else Do You Do?, 2001 video, 5 min Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Garden, London.
  • Mario Garcia Torres
A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson's Legacy, 2006
Video. 5 min 45 sec
Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
    3/12Mario Garcia Torres A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson's Legacy, 2006 Video. 5 min 45 sec Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.
  • Exhibition view.
    4/12Exhibition view.
  • Jacob Dahl Jürgensen
Words, Knots and Whatnots, 2008
Wood and rope
Courtesy the artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London
    5/12Jacob Dahl Jürgensen Words, Knots and Whatnots, 2008 Wood and rope Courtesy the artist and Wilkinson Gallery, London
  • Nina Beier and Marie Lund 
Les Sabots 2007
16 mm film, 5min
Courtesy the artists and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.
    6/12Nina Beier and Marie Lund Les Sabots 2007 16 mm film, 5min Courtesy the artists and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.
  • Dora García
Letters to Other Planets, 2005
Table, press releases
Courtesy the artist and gallerie Michel Rein, Paris.
    7/12Dora García Letters to Other Planets, 2005 Table, press releases Courtesy the artist and gallerie Michel Rein, Paris.
  • Nina Beier and Marie Lund 
The Archives (Es Gibt Wichtigeres Als Frieden), 2008
Vintage peace poster, wooden frame
67 x 49 cm
David Roberts Collection, London.
    8/12Nina Beier and Marie Lund The Archives (Es Gibt Wichtigeres Als Frieden), 2008 Vintage peace poster, wooden frame 67 x 49 cm David Roberts Collection, London.
  • Jiri Kovenda
XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977 
Courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna.
    9/12Jiri Kovenda XXX Pressing myself as close as I can to the wall, I make my way around the whole room; there are people in the middle of the room, watching...November 26, 1977 Hradec Kralove' (Detail), 1977 Courtesy the artist, gb agency, Paris and Krobath Wimmer, Vienna.
  • Chosil Kil
You might like me at first, but you will like him better rather soon, 2008
Cannon balls and musket ball
Courtesy the artist.
    10/12Chosil Kil You might like me at first, but you will like him better rather soon, 2008 Cannon balls and musket ball Courtesy the artist.
  • Benoît Maire
Drawing, Attention, 2008
Performance, Posters, Books, 2 seats.
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Garden, London.
    11/12Benoît Maire Drawing, Attention, 2008 Performance, Posters, Books, 2 seats. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Garden, London.
  • Exhibition view.
    12/12Exhibition view.