“Re: visited”

Pawel Althamer
Pawel Althamer, Sunray, 2012, photo: Tomek Kaczor

Organized primarily by LCCA (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art), the exhibition “Re: visited,” curated by its director Solvita Krese, intends to question and understand the role of biennials as phenomena. More »

Anastasia Ax, “Swallowed Fear”

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Anastasia Ax, view of Swallowed Fear, 2014. Image: Anastasia Ax.

Anastasia Ax does not shy away from the visceral, using her hands and body to construct raw images, sculptures, sound and performative pieces. The Stockholm-based artist’s medium is ink and paper, but she provokes one to rethink how they can serve as charged mediums, and she has a history of collaborating with experimental artists such as Lars Siltberg (in the case of this exhibition, Siltberg and Ax opened with a performance) and Marja-Leena Sillanpää. More »

“A Way of Life: Swedish Photography from Christer Strömholm Until Today”

Anna Clarén
Anna Clarén, Untitled, 2006.

Curated by Anna Tellgren, this exhibition presents an impressive ensemble—twenty-nine photographers in total with three hundred photographs spanning from the 1940s to the twenty-first century—of documentary photography from Sweden. More »

Goshka Macuga, “Non-consensual Act (in progress)”

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Goshka Macuga, still from Non-Consensual Act (in progress), 2013. Image: Jacquelyn Davis.

Given that Goshka Macuga’s exhibition primarily consists of one twenty-two minute video, Non-Consensual Act (in progress) (2013), one may be inclined to think that it is missing fundamental components. More »

Jacob Dahlgren, ”Painting into Space and the Meaning of Construction”

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Jacob Dahlgren, Work as Method, 2013. Image: Andréhn-Schiptjenko.

Given his history of transforming everyday objects into large-scale installations and intricate constructions that hint at the power of excess and the void, it’s clear that Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren is no stranger to repetition.

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David Maljkovic, ”New Reproductions”

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David Maljković, view of New Reproductions, 2013. Image: Contemporary Art Centre.

Boredom and unnecessary repetition are looming threats for any contemporary artist or astute curator. Croatian artist David Maljković’s current solo exhibition, in a location that purports to be the largest exhibition space in the Baltic region (nearly 26,000 square feet), attracts attention due to the artist’s decision to reassess his previous projects with an emphasis on altering perception. More »

Meriç Algün Ringborg, ”A Work of Fiction”

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Meriç Algün Ringborg, A Work of Fiction, 2013. Image: Galerie Nordenhake.

Istanbul-born, Stockholm-based Meriç Algün Ringborg’s first solo show in her adopted city comprises three complementary components or approaches to displaying her eponymous ‘work of fiction’. More »

Carl Johan Högberg, Solo Exhibition

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Carl Johan Högberg, JJ, 2012, image: Christian Larsen

Carl Johan Högberg’s paintings seem to scan life’s panorama in a manner that suggests, at once, omnipotence and a sense of the absurd. More »

“The Politics of Play”

Jorge Galindo and Santiago Sierra
Jorge Galindo and Santiago Sierra, Los Encargados, 2012, image: Galeria Helga de Alvear

Curated by Katerina Gregos as part of this year’s Göteborg biennial, “The Politics of Play” offers literary segues: It invokes both the words of poet Alan Gilbert —”Politics without the imagination is bureaucracy”—as well as philosopher Herbert Marcuse’s view that poetry, art, imagination, and “the creator spirit” possess the revolutionary power to ignite real change. The notion that poetics and political theory could be equally influential is refreshing, leaving room to discuss how words (and ideas stemming from them) transform our world. More »