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"Image at Work"
2010-10-26 until 2010-12-19
Index - Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
Stockholm, , SE

Image at Work features work by Matei Bejenaru, Geta Bratescu, Claire Fontaine, Kajsa Dahlberg, Saskia Holmkvist, Ken Jacobs, Björn Lövin, Maria Ruido, Jiri Skala Tamas St.Auby, Rasa Todosijevic and Claudia Ulisses with curator: Helena Holmberg. The exhibition takes place at Index from 26 October 2010 – 19 December 2010 opening 26 October 6 – 9pm and at The Romanian Cultural Institute from 26 October 2010 – 18 February 2011 opening 26 October 5 - 8pm 6pm with a conversation with Matei Bejenaru, Helena Holmberg and Saskia Holmkvist, Moderator: Niclas Östlind The project includes seminars at Iaspis, curated by Michele Masucci, Cecilia Widenheim and Jonatan Habib Engqvist and in collaboration with BAC. As an integrated part of the project a series of film screenings will take place at the Modern Museum. The programme is curated by Adina Bradeanu, Trond Lundemo, Patrick Vonderau and Helena Holmberg. In addition a series of artist talks will we presented at Index and The Romanian Cultural Institute.

Image at Work is an exhibition about the notion of work. It sets out from the idea of work as a fundamental human activity, our handling of the world around us. From this point of departure, the exhibition explores various aspects of work.

The works included in the exhibition examine issues of the changing structures and conditions of labour and work in general in our contemporary age as well as issues concerning artistic work and further how work can be represented in images. It also aims to view the meaning-creating processes that build contexts and a critical potential within an artistic work as a kind of the image’s own work.

Work is a concept which, just like other hard-to-define and broad concepts, is often given different interpretations within various ideologically-charged structures. Thus, work has often been both deprecated and upgraded. In various contexts, work becomes synonymous with wage-earning, oppression, slavery and everyday gloominess, as well as with career, identity, self-fulfilment, or one’s life’s work. The view of work and the conditions in which it is performed affects our personal relationships, financial and political structures, city planning, gender-political issues and cultural policy. There are innumerable ways in which to approach the concept of work. The aim of the exhibition is neither to attempt to cover all these aspects, nor to disregard their importance, but to approach the topic from a slightly different perspective by regarding work as an activity that structures and transforms the world around us, sets boundaries and defines the self, society, the space, the city...

Image at Work is a project initiated by Xposeptember and realized in collaboration with BAC, Iaspis, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and the Romanian cultural institute.
Design: Johanna Lewengard
Contact: xposeptember@gmail.com
More information on the included programmes will follow.
More information is also available at www.xposeptember.se. The website will be continuously updated with more info about the programmes.

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