Current exhibitions, until February 17
Dora García, I Always Tell the Truth
Peter Liversidge, Working Title II
Artists' Film International, part IV
Bonniers Konsthall’s 2019 Spring programme features an in-depth perspective on contemporary photography and delves into a discussion on human stereotypes in both solo and group exhibitions.
Torbjørn Rødland, Fifth Honeymoon
March 13 - June 2
Rødland’s precise photographic compositions, still lifes, portraits, and details of human bodies, are contradictory. Familiar while at the same time strange, beautiful and occasionally slightly erotic, yet somewhat repulsive.
His photographs are rarely easy to read and thus slow down the pace at which images often are consumed today. The exhibition Fifth Honeymoon primarily consists of new photographs and a film, accompanied by a smaller selection of older works. The exhibition is a collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall and KIASMA in Helsinki and will continue to KIASMA after being shown at Bonniers Konsthall.
Torbjørn Rødland, born 1970 in Stavanger, lives and works in Los Angeles and Oslo. His art has been shown in numerous solo shows at international institutions, such as Serpentine Gallery (2017), and C/O Berlin (2017), to mention a few of the latest ones.
Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation, Grant Recipients 2018
Recipients Liva Isakson Lundin & Linnéa Sjöberg
March 13 - April 14
The foundation was established by Jeanette Bonnier in 1985, in memory of her daughter Maria, who lost her life in a car accident at the age of 20. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded grants to young Swedish artists to support them in their work. The 2018 Guest Jury 2018 included artist Lars Nilsson and Jo Widoff, curator of International Art at Moderna Museet.
From the jury’s statement:
Liva Isakson Lundin, born 1990. Lives and works in Stockholm.
Through her creative output, she investigates ‘the intrinsic qualities and fictive emotional state of her materials’. Employing steel, gelatine, rubber and glass in her sculptures and installations, Lundin expresses the contradictory nature of the materials’ characteristics – soft and hard, oily and dry, permanent and temporary.
Linnéa Sjöberg, born 1983. Lives and works in Berlin.
For some time, Sjöberg has been noted in her art for the fact that she ‘time and again immerses herself in the work itself’. Employing various methods, she embodies and adopts different personas and roles over a period of time, for example in The Business Woman, a role she performed for 1.5 years. She also ran a mobile tattoo parlour in her work Salong Flyttkartong and most recently performed as a Viking woman.
Artists' Film International
March 13 - June 16
Artists’ Film International is a network of art institutions from around the world, first established by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2008. From a selected theme, each participating institution chooses a film from an emerging artist. The theme for 2019 is Gender and the complete film program will be presented in Bonniers Konsthall’s film room – Salong 1. Over the course of the year, Bonniers Konsthall will have the privilege of screening films by 17 artists from various parts of the world – as well as sending a Swedish artist’s film to as many museums and galleries. For our entry Bonniers Konsthall has chosen Theresa Traoré Dahlberg’s film The Ambassador’s Wife, which has won a number of awards, including the 2019 Beckers Art Award.
Luna Scales, Physical Status Report
May 2 - June 16
In the video Physical Status Report the artist Luna Scales lay naked on her side, resting her head in one hand. The pose attests to a thousand years of art history. Women have been portrayed like this for ages. Beneath the image a text appears. It is from a Danish disability organization and regards the artist’s physical condition. Her body is described and assessed, Scales was born with a muscle disease. Her muscles easily overstrain. The organization’s report poses questions that pertain to Scales’ capabilities – the description and assessment of her body deal with what it can and cannot do. Can she work? Does Scales require assistance?
Within art history “the nude” is a category of its own. The female body is represented as an object. The nude exists for the spectator’s needs and desires, to be surveyed and appraised. If it has to do with passion it is that of the viewer’s, never the models. Scales’ work adds a dimension to this classical category. Here, “the other” body is inspected, measured and classified. Physical Status Report thus poses questions of body, capacity and disability as a political issue. What is a body supposed to look like? How is a body supposed to move? Who gets appraised and why? Does a body’s value reside solely in appearance and a capacity to labour conventionally?
Bonniers Konsthall is proud to present the artist Luna Scales and her most recent work, Physical Status Report. Scales was born in Denmark in 1992 and has been studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen since 2017.
For more information and press images, contact Klara Rudebeck, + (0)762280682
Bonniers Konsthall opened in 2006 and is a place for Swedish and International contemporary art.