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.


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 Bildupphovsrätt 2017
Conny Karlsson Lundgren, (Dissident) Dance Actions, 2017 © Courtesy of the artist. Cinematography: Melanie Aronson Bildupphovsrätt 2017
Eglė Budvytytė, Choreography for the Running Male, 2014 (Malmö 2017) © Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sanna Dolck/Moderna Museet

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