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Saastamoinen Keynote Lecture: Elmgreen Dragset

Clock icon 11 tammikuu 2017, 18:00


Saastamoinen Keynote Lecture by Elmgreen Dragset

In their Saastamoinen Keynote Lecture entitled "HOMO DOMESTICUS IN SITU”, artist duo Elmgreen Dragset will discuss their ongoing interest in domestic environments and how this relates to their past exhibitions and current role as curators of the upcoming 15th Istanbul Biennial.

Elmgreen Dragset will elaborate on how years of studying the conventions and limitations of institutional spaces like museums, hospitals, government offices, schools and prisons led them to view domestic space as a vehicle for self-expression.

The artists will show how they have let spaces speak in some of their past exhibitions, including "The Collectors” (53rd Venice Biennale, 2009), “Celebrity: The One The Many” (ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, 2010), “Tomorrow” (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2013) and "Past Tomorrow” (Galerie Perrotin, New York, 2015). These multi-layered installations combined furniture, art, design, historical artifacts and architecture to build narratives that shed light on existential problems and current societal questions.

Elmgreen Dragset will additionally focus on the themes that relate to the upcoming 15th Istanbul Biennial and speak about how they chose its title, “a good neighbour”. This edition of the biennialwill deal with multiple notions of home and neighbourhoods, exploring how living modes in our private spheres have changed throughout the past decades.Homeis approached as an indicator of diverse identities, andneighbourhoodas a micro-universe exemplifying some of the challenges we face in terms of co-existence today.

The Elmgreen Dragset lecture is the second lecture in the Saastamoinen Foundation Keynote Lecture series. The series opened in January 2016 with Okwui Enwezor, the Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich and the curator of the 2015 Venice Biennale.

The Academy of Fine Arts of University of the Arts Helsinki invites internationally eminent and widely recognised professionals from the field of arts: artists, curators, writers and key thinkers who have influenced the contemporary arts. The lectures are organised once a year with support provided from the Saastamoinen Foundation and they are a part of the collaboration between the Foundation and the Academy of Fine Arts, with the goal of promoting international activities of highest degree in fine arts education.

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