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Sara Jordenö, KIKI, Gia, 2016 Cinematographer: Naiti Gamez © Courtesy: IFC Sundance Selects & Folkets Bio


On Art, Politics and Dance

30.9 2017 – 6.5 2018


PUBLIC MOVEMENT is an exhibition project that takes place in border region between art, politics, and dance. The show features work by an international group of contemporary artists, who in various ways have choreographed the body to discuss social norms and values, power and powerlessness. In addition, the project offers a wealth of workshops for visitors, regardless of age and physical limitations.

PUBLIC MOVEMENT is a participatory project that looks at how our body’s physical presence and movements can be used to express liberation, resistance, a political stance, and identity. The contributing artists come from different parts of the world and have in a variety of ways taken an interest in the human body’s relationship to politics, popular culture, as well as to various public and commercial spaces.

How do we relate to the idea of a public space? Should it encourage consensus, or on the contrary, accommodate a variety of values and different ways of living? And how are we expected to look, act, and move when we step outside of the private and into the public? This exhibition offers several examples of how social norms and conventions can be illuminated and challenged using the physical body as a bearer of symbolic as well as political messages.

Throughout the exhibition period, a large number of workshops will be held by dancer and choreographer Atoosa Farahmand, as well as by the street dance company Freestyle Phanatix. All visitors are welcome, regardless of physical limitation, experience, or age.

Participating artists: Halil Altındere, Balthazar Berling, Eglė Budvytytė, Freestyle Phanatix, Khamlane Halsackda, Maria Hassabi, Oliver Herring, Sara Jordenö, Lina Lapelyte, Klara Lidén, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Rashaad Newsome, Adam Pendleton, Emily Roysdon, and Cengiz Tekin.

Curatorial team: Joa Ljungberg, Andreas Nilsson, and Ana María Bermeo Ujueta.

PUBLIC MOVEMENT reflects Moderna Museet Malmö’s interest in working across disciplinary boundaries. Connections between visual arts, performance, and dance were earlier illuminated in the show Objects and Bodies at Rest and in Motion, shown at the museum in 2015. The same year ACTIONPAINTINGBABYSPLASH! occupied the borderland between exhibition, performance, and creative workshop.

Visitor information

All works are displayed daily Tuesday-Sunday throughout the exhibition period with the following exceptions:

Halil Altındere’s work Homeland is on display until December 10.

Adam Pendleton’s work Just back from Los Angeles: A Portrait of Yvonne Rainer is on display until December 10.

Rashaad Newsome’s work Untitled (New Way) and Untitled (Old Way) is on display starting from December 12.

Cengiz Tekin’s work Low Pressure is on display starting from December 12.

Eglė Budvytytė’s performance Choreography for the Running Male: September 30 at 6.30 PM and October 1, at 1 PM. Point of departure Ola Billgrens plats outside Moderna Museet Malmö.

Khamlane Halsackda’s performance An experiment in learning Swedish: September 30, 8 PM.

Sara Jordenö’s work KIKI will be closed periodically due to workshops.


Maria Hassabi, STAGED? (2016) — undressed. Presentation at Wanås Konst Aug 19-20 2017 Photo Mattias Givell
Courtesy the artist; Koenig & Clinton, New York; The Breeder, Athens.
Conny Karlsson Lundgren, (Dissident) Dance Actions, 2017 © Courtesy of the artist. Cinematography: Melanie Aronson

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