Dan GrahamDan Graham’s work situates itself in the space between sculpture, installation and architecture. The encounter with the mirrors reveals that we are an inseparable part of the artwork, and the pavilion functions as a setting for meetings among people. When we are mirrored, we become the centre of attention, just as much as the work itself, and the pavilion forces us to reflect on our relationship with art, the surroundings, ourselves and our fellow human beings. A community of viewers thus arises, and in this way Graham makes us aware that this experience of art is something we share with others in a collective space.
Grayson PerryGrayson Perry’s seven metre long tapestry displays modern humanity’s almost religious attitude to designer goods and brands. The work can be read from left to right as a picture of the long journey of life. The hundreds of small everyday motifs illustrate some of the dangers and temptations humanity meets on its way. Each motif is accompanied by the name of a consumer item – a ‘brand’. Together, the many small stories offer a grim, but also humorous picture of our time: a consumer society where just the right brand can create the security of an identity and a false sense of community – the religion of modern man.
Andres SerranoAndres Serrano’s captivating photography shows us one of the communities in society that are regarded as problematic and excluding. The title of the work refers to the Ku Klux Klan: ‘The Invisible Empire’, which is the American name for the power of the Klan. The work makes it clear that the close-knit community also involves a dark side when it is taken to extremes. The Ku Klux Klan is an extreme right-wing organization in the USA, practitioners of white power, racism, antisemitism and homophobia, creating intolerance of anything outside their own circle.
Pascale Marthine TayouPascale Marthine Tayou’s works are about travelling, and about how different cultures meet and merge. The sculpture is an alternative portrait of the modern man, and the work is the artist’s tribute to the community of street vendors in Mumbai, New York, Copenhagen or Beijing. Tayou’s combination of forms, colours and textures, and his use of yarn, wire, beads wood, etc., contrast starkly with the cold, transparent, almost soulless glass body. But the moment all the parts are put together, the work is awakened to life and becomes an elegant, humorous, lively being. A totality full of details arises, a collectivity – just like the one that comes through in Tayou’s philosophy of life: “We are all one big family – even if you are from the North, you are also from Africa”.
Clare WoodsClare Woods’ own night photographs from the Scottish Isle of Skye have functioned as the model for this long, seductive and eerily alluring painting. Sprouting roots come teeming up from the soil, as subterranean passages branch out and grow together with plants, leaves and organic growths. With this work we are completely abandoned to nature – in its compellingly pure and sometimes frightening form. Nature symbolizes all that stands outside the contract represented by society and the community. The work plays with our universal human fear of uncontrollable, disturbing nature, where only the fittest survive.