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Elmgreen & Dragset



Elmgreen & DragsetPhoto courtesy of Malmö Konsthall
Elmgreen & Dragset
Photo courtesy of Malmö Konsthall
Elmgreen & Dragset: This is the First Day of My Life
SWEDEN
MALMÖ  •  Malmö Konsthall  •  Ongoing
 
 
Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset have consistently played with and against the exhibition space throughout the vast series of works entitled Powerless Structures. This series challenged architectural, sexual and social structures combined with a critique of institutional spaces.

Time to choose. Which door will you open? Upon entering Malmö Konsthall, the spectator is confronted with a long blank white wall and a series of anonymous-looking doors. Some of the doors are dysfunctional and can’t be opened; others will lead the viewer through a complex environment of secret rooms configured in a labyrinthine system. Here the audience will find several new productions together with some of Elmgreen & Dragset’s more well known works such as Just a Single Wrong Move (shown at Tate Modern, 2004) or Queer Bar (Powerless Structures, Fig. 121). In this version of the latter work, the audience is invited to perform the role as bartender in a gay bar for a short while.


During the years Elmgreen & Dragset have staged themselves, actors, workers or friends in different performative acts, which have dealt with duration, process and the viewers’ perception of space. These performances have created a sense of endlessness and voyeurism, whether the artists have been knitting, painting or building a structure or taking it apart. Throughout their 12 years of collaboration Elmgreen & Dragset have created works and exhibitions where the performers and the audience are set up in a who’s watching who situation, which at times has left the spectator puzzled, in between, questioning if the exhibition was about to begin or just about to finish.

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset have been collaborating since 1995 and live and work in Berlin.



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Contact: Malmö Konsthall
S:t Johannesgatan 7
SE-200 10 Malmö
Sweden

Tel: (46) 40-34 12 93

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