Opening: BODIES AND ANTIBODIES
17 November 2023, 16:00–20:00
Welcome to the opening of BODIES AND ANTIBODIES.
16:00 – Doors open
18:00 – Artists Malin Hallgren, Maja Malou Lyse and Erika Stöckel in conversation with the Index team.
BODIES AND ANTIBODIES offers plural understandings of the mutability – the slack, frictions and glitches – in the relationship between the idea of a body and its construction. The four artists presented in this exhibition are Malin Hallgren (SE), Cassie Augusta Jørgensen (DK), Maja Malou Lyse (DK), and Erika Stöckel (SE-Sápmi). Their works open up multiple dialogues around the instability of the body as a fixed notion, connecting identity, gender, the right to pleasure, body politics, abstraction, material, sensuality, performativity and process.
Two video-based works by Cassie Augusta Jørgensen and Maja Malou Lyse define the time frame, and sculptural works by Malin Hallgren – working with textile and metal – and Erika Stöckel – working with ceramics – become objects in a continuous exchange.
The constellation of artistic works creates an interplay of positions: the body as subject and object, vessel and commodity, resisting or succumbing to the values ascribed. One starting point is the questioning of attitudes to identity construction and historical approaches to the concept of femininity. Does the body have the agency to exhibit itself or is it unwillingly exposed? The voice – and the possibility of having a voice – resonates in the exhibition as a political desire to dismantle the status quo.
Image: Maja Malou Lyse, Antibodies, film still, 2022
We would like to thank Art Hub Copenhagen for their support with this exhibition.