Isabel Lewis – An Occasion

23.9 – 23.9 2022

Malmö

On Friday 23 September at 18 – 23, the Turbine Hall will be transformed into an oasis for all the senses. With the artist Isabel Lewis as hostess, we are invited to a performance where choreography, plants, smells and music form an organic framework for meetings with winks to both the French salons of the 1700s and contemporary club culture.
dancer and audience
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner
dancer and audience
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner

Through a dramaturgy of choreography, music and storytelling, Lewis’ “Occasions” are composed social arrangements. The artist’s work often addresses the history of the body, the relationship between mind and body, and ecological thinking. Within the occasions visitors encounter smells made in collaboration with Norwegian smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas and are welcomed with amuse-bouches created specifically for the occasion by a local chef. As guests we are invited to drift in and out of focused attention and sociality in this contemporary ritual of gathering.

Isabel Lewis is a Berlin-based artist and choreographer born in the Dominican Republic. She has previously presented her work at, among others, Kunsthalle in Zürich, Tate Modern in London, Dia Art Foundation in New York and Ming Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai.

Curator: Andreas Nilsson

Dancers: Sara Ekman, Khamlane Halsackda, William Nylind, Lisen Pousette, Escarleth Pozo

A special thanks to Klubb Moderna and City of Malmö.

Images

dancers and audience
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner
dancers and audience
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner
woman with microphone in room with audience and plants
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner
woman giving something to the audience
Isabel Lewis, An Occasion at Moderna Museet Malmö at The Gallery Weekend, 2022 Photo: Jenny Baumgartner