DEMONSTRATING MINDS - Disagreements in Contemporary Art
Featuring Jonathan Meese
Oct 2nd, 2015—Mar 20th, 2016
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
19 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AND ARTIST GROUPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Art can take a stand. It can be a form of resistance and an expression of outrage. It can give a voice to the have-nots and the invisible. This exhibition looks at art and society through the work of 19 contemporary artists and artist groups from around the world. These artists highlight and probe the disputes and friction points that come with living as part of society.
The featured works address universal issues related to labour, economics and the distribution of power. They also touch upon topical themes such as the war in Ukraine, riots and protests, refugeeism and migration. Some works revisit old manifestos and ideologies; others reinterpret meaning-laden images. Another key topic of contention is the role of art and the artist in society.
The exhibition draws ideas from the French philosopher Jacques Rancière and his theory of politics and democracy as dissensus, or debate between equals.
Monday—Friday10.00 am—6.30 pm