Faurschou Foundation present Every Day Matters on view March 15–June 14, 2013.
With Every Day Matters Faurschou Foundation presents a group exhibition of international contemporary artists, each of whom has made a mark in an intelligent way with politically and aesthetically surprising works.
The participating artists are Adel Abdessemed, Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, David Claerbout, Omer Fast, Shilpa Gupta, Emily Jacir, Christian Lemmerz, Liu Wei, Moataz Nasr, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega and Raqs Media Collective. The exhibition thus represents artists from the Middle East, the USA and Europe as well as South America and Asia.
The artists all take their point of departure in the experiences of everyday life. From their various specific geographical starting points and political, social or religious contexts, their works are a combination of sociopolitical commentary, humorous gesture, poetic reflection and / or aesthetic strength.
The title of the exhibition, Every Day Matters, forms the framework for works that play against the fundamental existential condition that every day is important, and that reality has forced its way in as an artistic necessity. In areas with political unrest or other socioeconomic challenges to human conditions of existence, art is often influenced by these circumstances. The artists’ individual need and social commitment have both exerted a crucial influence on their works—through art they work with their past and present.
The global conflicts play a role everywhere; their complexity becomes part of our everyday life through the flow of information and images from the media, thus taking on importance for our own history and memory. The works exhibited can be regarded as specific materializations of the world we live in—the works are tools of action, powerful tools that can be used to reflect and decide on current issues.
This follows from the idea that Michel de Certeau presented in his book The Practice of Everyday Life (1980), where he described the possibility that human beings could do something each day that is not institutionally planned, such that there is a daily resistance to the power regimes. The works can thus also be used as a starting point for the elucidation of the social function of art, facilitating a gaze at our past, present and not least, our future through their stance on various conflict-filled realities.
Several of the works included in Every Day Matters are made of everyday things. Some of the artists, for example, use objects which—also through the choice of materials—point to something familiar. With their wear and materiality the works can help to spur memories from the personal and the collective memory.
The intention is that the works in Every Day Matters should represent exploration and reflection by stopping and taking hold of something from the day, from history or from memory. The result is that one can see the struggles of everyday life maintained, the repressed and marginalized given space, the fine and ephemeral perpetuated, stopped in the flow of time, given form in eye-opening and thought-provoking works that remind us that every day matters.
Faurschou Foundation Copenhagen
2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Category: Fine Art