Olav Westphalen’s Desert Dreams
STOCKHOLM 16 MAY 2014
Olav Westphalen’s Desert Dreams is a conceptual work on many layers, but also a pornographic fairytale in the form of an experimental essay. The work consists of two parts. Part one is an image suite set to music composed by the saxophonist Jonas Knutsson. Part two is a reading of a text by Olav Westphalen.
The image suite is the result of an extensive picture hunt undertaken by the artist in 2005 and 2006. It comprises the blurred blend of pornographic and political images that was available through the internet and other media during the Iraq War, and that imbued much of the war coverage.
The work focuses on art and politics, and the spectacular conditions that arose in the geopolitical conflict zone of the Iraq War – a conflict that provoked people all over the world get out of their armchairs to respond and protest. Olav Westphalen was born in Hamburg in 1963. He lives and works in Stockholm. He is a professor at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) and is represented in the Moderna Museet collection. Jonas Knutsson was born in Umeå in 1965. He is a saxophonist and primarily a jazz musician. He last participated at Moderna Museet in several concerts and workshops at the Bucky Dome in the Museum garden, during the summer of 2012.
Moment - Lena Svedberg
FRIDAY 16 MAY 2014 AT 18-20 At 18.30
, Fredrik Liew presents the exhibition Moment - Lena Svedberg
and introduces Olav Westphalen who performs his work Desert Dreams from 2007 (approx. 25 mins). The introductory talk and performance will take place outside the exhibition. Limited seating.
Admission free. Please use the main entrance.
Moderna Bar will be open until 11 pm, for the book release for Lena Svedberg - Herr Aldman Superhero av världsalltet (Lena Svedberg – Mr Aldman, Superhero of the Universe), published jointly by Moderna Museet and Galago. The bar opens at 5 pm. The release party starts at around 8 pm. The party is hosted by Galago.