MORTEN VISKUM – SELF PORTRAITS

01. okt - 30. des 2016
Son of Abdullah, 2007 Foto: Halvor Bodin

Son of Abdullah, 2007
Foto: Halvor Bodin

Morten Viskum (b. 1965) has since his debut with Rats/Olives in 1995 attracted a great deal of attention for his installations, objects and paintings. His works have often focused on taboo subjects relating to death and, in particular, the relationship between science and ethics in our society.

This exhibition provides for the first time a comprehensive view of Morten Viskum’s self-staging works. Since 2003, his self-portraits have comprised a considerable part of his artistic exploration of identity relating to cultural constructions and stereotypes. Every year on his birthday a cast of his body is made in a workshop in Paris and a new identity is born – for example as Jesus, a transvestite, a financier, a bodybuilder or a scientist. His installations often pick up on topical issues in the form of political satire, including everything from artistic freedom of expression, the face of terror and the co-existence of various religions. The fact that his stagings relate to shocking events around the world means that they can be considered to be a barometer of different ethical and political dilemmas that emerge between individuals and society. Using his own body as a basis for analysis in which he himself assumes a variety of different roles, is a highly innovative project that is as original in its design as in its unique approach.

Imagio Dei, 2006 Installasjonsfoto fra utstilling på Haugar. Foto: Halvor Bodin

Imagio Dei, 2006
Installasjonsfoto fra utstilling på Haugar.
Foto: Halvor Bodin

I am Charlie, 2015 Foto: Halvor Bodin

I am Charlie, 2015
Foto: Halvor Bodin

In connection with this exhibition a book will be published by SKIRA with essays by Jean Wainright, Demetrio Paparoni and the exhibition’s curator Tone Lyngstad Nyaas.

Make America Great Again, 2016 (detalj) Foto: Halvor Bodin

Make America Great Again, 2016 (detalj)
Foto: Halvor Bodin