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"Markus Degerman, Lisa Torell"
2003-02-04 until 2003-03-09
Index - Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
Stockholm, , SE

Index is exhibiting work by two Stockholm-based artists, Markus Degerman and Lisa Torell. These two artists have been invited to exhibit together due to their common personal and political attitudes, where their conceptual works cannot be experienced primarily as private or self-revelatory processes. Instead, they are factual and reflective, trying to describe our era on a more general level through perceiving and reporting tendencies in our society.

In the lower gallery, Markus Degerman shows a sequence of images in his DVD-installation Leftovers(2002), portraying various episodes occurring in an indeterminate public space: part of an urban construction that does not work satisfactorily and which requires modification and redefinition. According to Markus Degerman, the basis for discussion in this work lays first of all with the viewer, at a very personal level. One practical scenario might be to gradually let certain spaces in the urban environment, whose function is presently unclear, be utilised by those parties interested in it. Markus Degerman was educated at Umeå Art Academy, 1993 – 1998. Recently, his work was shown at Life Gallery, Stockholm, Artgenda in Hamburg, 2002 and Eskilstuna Art Museum (2002). Markus Degerman is also part of the designer collective Uglycute who has been selected for participation in this years Venice Biennial.

In the upper gallery, Lisa Torell has produced a new work, Camouflage - Terrors of Daily Life a series of fictive narratives presented as posters. These posters are further incorporated into a mural, designed to suit the upper gallery’s character. In her text-based works, Lisa Torell comments on current behaviour, fragments from the present that we ourselves take part of and therefore, in equal parts, can easily identify, yet have difficulties to oversee and obtain a better understanding of. Her graduating work of 2001, Towards a more beautiful world - What do you mean, towards?!, functions as a comment on labour market regulations in general, and the attitudes of the IT world in particular. Camouflage - Terrors of Daily Life deals with moments where a subtle despise of the surrounding towards certain professions - wich traditionally are looked upon as being low status - reveal themselves. Lisa Torell went to art school in Umeå in 1996 – 1999, and to University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, in 1999 – 2001. Her work can currently be seen in the touring exhibition Allt hör ihop (Everything Belongs Together), now at the Sundsvall Museum, as well as in the exhibition Existens och Engagemang (Existence and Engagement) at Cityhuset in Gubbängen.

Markus Degerman,
Leftovers (2002),

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