press release

The starting point of the exhibition is the observation that institutions have changed, following the ‘institutional critique’ in the 70s, as well as, in the 90s. What could be the future impact of current critical tendencies? Today, critique is no longer addressed against the institution in order to deconstruct it. Instead, a certain opacity, which has been criticized in the work of powerful institutions, can be useful for smaller institutions. Opacity can be used in order to try out new forms of collaboration between different positions in the art field (artists, curators, academics or activists), and create an alternative agenda for institutional work. Considering the internal perspective of the artist, as an involved team mate in cultural production, the question arises, how can an art institution be used from within – as an arena or a tool for repoliticization. Where lie the possibilities, and what do the presumable failures tell us about the societal role and reaching area of diverse art institutions?

The exhibition will propose and discuss a collaborative and productive model, which researches current conditions of institutional work and develops alternative strategies – be they activist, appropriated, mocking, actual or purely utopian. Pressetext

Art Institutions, Current Considerations and the Economy of Desire
Index, Stockholm

mit Kajsa Dahlberg, Stephan Dillemuth, Gardar Eide Einarsson, u.a.
Kuratoren: Nina Möntmann, Mats Stjernstedt, Helena Holmberg