May 2 - June 16
In the video Physical Status Report the artist Luna Scales lay naked, striking a pose that recalls the typical art-historical “nude model.” Beneath the image a text appears. It comes from a Danish state disability organization and regards the artist’s physical condition. Scales was born with a muscular disease. The report surveys her appearance and capabilities. Her body is described and assessed. “The nude” is a body represented as an object that exists for the spectator’s needs and desires, to be examined and appraised. Scales’ uses this classical category to pose questions about the body, capacity and disability as a political issue. Who gets appraised, why and how? Here the body is inspected, measured and classified, its value regulated against normative appearance and the capacity to labour conventionally.
Scales was born in Denmark in 1992 and has been studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen since 2017. The exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall is her first at a bigger institution.
"The female nude model and the non-abled body may traditionally seem like each other’s aesthetic contradictions but acting as the images of the nude model and telling a story of a 'weak' body described in the text, I see a lot of similarities and commonness in the consideration of these two, in the fact that they are both subjected to strong objectification."
-Luna Scales, February 2019
Read the full interview with Luna Scales here.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Wednesday May 15, at 6 pm -Conversation between artist Luna Scales and Theodor Ringborg, curator at Bonniers Konsthall.
For more information please contact Klara Rudebeck
+46 (0)76-228 06 82
Bonniers Konsthall opened in 2006 and is a place for Swedish and International contemporary art.