Foto EMMA (c) Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang: The White Exhibition

Ahertajantie 5, 02100 Espoo
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

The White Exhibition analyses the various meanings associated with the colour white.

The White Exhibition analyses the various meanings associated with the colour white. For instance, a white flag is traditionally the sign of truce, ceasefire, or a request for negotiation. A blank slate in turn symbolizes a fresh start, or liberation from the burdens of the past.

The title also alludes to the white race and the power structures embedded in the fabric of contemporary society. If people hope to ever coexist in a fair and just society, the artists urge to acknowledge and dismantle the mechanisms of inequality that remain pervasive in the world today.

In the context of the art world, the White Cube refers to the modernist notion of a neutral, white-walled gallery space. The White Cube has become a standard context in which art is presented, albeit that white, as people now realize, is no more “neutral” than any other colour.

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s installation will come to life in the form of a durational performance that will take place from Tuesday to Sunday for four hours at a time. The performance of the exhibition can be seen Tue 12.00-16.00, Wed-Fri 14.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-16.00

Sofie Hesselholdt (b. 1974) and Vibeke Mejlvang (b. 1976) have been collaborating for 20 years. The Danish artist collective examines ideologies and the symbols representing them. They address themes such as conventional cultural readings of race and gender, often in a playful manner.

EMMA
2.6.-29.8.2021

Admission fee 10/12€, under 18 and over 70 yrs free entry

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