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Hesselholdt & Mejlvang: The White Exhibition

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo

  • 2.6.2021–29.8.2021

The White Exhibition by the Danish artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang analyses the various meanings associated with the colour white.

 

For instance, a white flag is traditionally the sign of truce, ceasefire, or a request for negotiation. A blank slate in turn symbolizes a fresh start, or liberation from the burdens of the past.

The title also alludes to the white race and the power structures embedded in the fabric of contemporary society. If we hope to ever coexist in a fair and just society, the artists urge us to acknowledge and dismantle the mechanisms of inequality that remain pervasive in the world today.

In the context of the art world, the White Cube refers to the modernist notion of a neutral, white-walled gallery space. The White Cube has become a standard context in which art is presented, albeit that white, as we now realize, is no more neutral” than any other colour.

Hesselholdt & Mejlvangs installation will come to life in the form of a durational performance that will take place from Tuesday to Sunday for four hours at a time.

Sofie Hesselholdt (b. 1974) and Vibeke Mejlvang (b. 1976) have been collaborating for 20 years. The artist collective examines ideologies and the symbols representing them. They address themes such as conventional cultural readings of race and gender, often in a playful manner.

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