Subtly lurking, the common denominator for the themes and artistic practices presented in the exhibition is the pursuit of subversive avenues for exploring gender and sexuality in a variety of forms. The UNDERNEATH exhibition is an invitation to navigate the underbelly of the normative and what lies under the surface of an egalitarian societal utopia – as seen through the prism of Nordic artists.
UNDERNEATH presents the artistic modi operandi of highly contrasting artists, who are drawn into a dialectical constellation, yet remaining compartmentalized within the space, as in a labyrinth composed of several individual worlds. Reflecting a reality where everything is connected yet detached. Through the artist’s critical engagement with practices of self-exploration, truth-seeking, and rethinking of stereotypical ideals; this odyssey around the undercurrents and transgressions of the normative unfolds. But more than anything, UNDERNEATH seeks to open up a challenging heterotopian space within The Nordic House, where alternative truths and realities coexist.
To further investigate the exhibition’s plethora of layers and thematic strains, a series of artist encounters, live performances, film screenings, and analytical talks will supplement the exhibition over its course. Due to the restrictions thrust upon society by Covid-19, all parallel events will use digital format until further notice.
Arnbjörg María Danielsen (IS)