Rakel McMahon in Nau Gallery
View of Motivation in Nau Gallery, Stockholm
Vernissage 29th of April at 18-20
Football as a social activity and a platform for communication is the subject of Rakel McMahon´s latest series of paintings, View of Motivation. The game itself, the players and spectators become a metaphor for a much broader interpretation on such issues as gender identity, stereo-typing and sexuality. In her work McMahon uses actual photographs of players in action on the football field, analyzing their physical expression and interactions with each other. By transferring actual moments on the field into a neutral setting the artist creates a highly ambiguous context. Through this shift McMahon utterly transforms the impression we have of football players as well as changing the role of the spectator.
In McMahon’s work the imagery of art and the world of soccer meet and the resulting dynamic is a radical alternative and unexpected take on the gender equality debate. Simultaneously, McMahon seeks to draw attention to sociological discussion about gender, gender identity and sexuality and in so doing throw new light on sensitive human emotions and motives.
About the artist
Rakel McMahon was born in 1983 in Reykjavík, Iceland. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts and M.Art.Ed. from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and holds a diploma in Gender Studies from the University of Iceland. Her work has been exhibited at various places both in Iceland and internationally. These includes exhibitions in Þoka, Kling & Bang and Sequences in Reykjavík, as well as several group exhibitions and collaborative projects abroad; such as Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Berlin, Helsinki and Warsaw. In addition she has organized exhibitions, artist-run spaces and other cultural events. McMahon is a former member of the artistic board of Sequences — real time art festival and is currently a member of the board of The Living Art Museum (NYLO).
About the curator
Ingunn Eyþórsdóttir works as a freelance journalist and editor, specialized in culture and contemporary art, event manager and curator. She was the founder and a co-editor of Konsthopp, a website about the Nordic visual art scene and a former member of Artima gallery, an exhibition space based in Reykjavik.
The exhibition is open until 22nd of May.