Welcome to the exhibition Subjektiv and the launch of Subjektiv Part II
Twenty-five years ago, the artist Zoe Leonard sat down in front of a typewriter and wrote her manifesto “I Want a President”:
I want a dyke for president. I want a person with AIDS for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia (...)
Given today’s political climate, Leonard’s manifesto is currently reverberating with renewed force, and the text serves as the starting point for the Subjektiv exhibition that will be on display at Kunstnernes Hus from 24 November. Featuring eight other artists as well, the exhibition will attempt to define a more multi-layered political subject in today’s politically charged environment.
This year, both issues of Objektiv look into the relationships that may arise between art, politics, and subjecthood at the current moment—hence our temporary rebranding as Subjektiv. Part I was launched in June, together with the opening of the exhibition at Malmö Konsthall. Both the show and the magazine issues investigate the present state and condition of subjectivity – and its political potential or impotence.
Subjektiv part II presents twenty-seven artists, curators, and thinkers offering their critical perspectives on the issues at stake and on the status of the subjective as an artistic strategy today.
Opening speech and performance at 7.30 pm.
Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen (NO), Basma Alsharif (USA), Sara Cwynar (CAN), Liz Magic Laser (USA), Deana Lawson (USA), Zoe Leonard (USA), Sandra Mujinga (NO) og Josephine Pryde (UK).
24. November 2017 – 28. January 2018
Stills from Soft Film, 2016, Sara Cwynar. Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production.