Hesselholdt & Mejlvang – The Dark Passenger

The Danish artists Sofie Hesselholdt and Vibeke Mejlvang build a symbol-laden universe in their exhibition at SKMU. Using national flags as a starting point, the artist duo explores how colours, figures and materials can be used to symbolize power and control.

Central to Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s practice is a desire to move the public and to trigger reactions and debate. The duo emphasize contemporary art’s critical role, its potential as a medium for political activism. A key theme in their art has been nationalism, especially in its more radical expressions. Other central themes are racism, gender-related problems and socio-cultural phenomena. Many of their works express ambivalence. It emerges as a form of ‘disorder’ in relation to the reality we normally relate to. Humour and surprise are other devices.

Like many of their contemporary colleagues, the duo have not specialized in any specific expression or category of art, but have freely used the materials and expressions that seem most serviceable for communicating a chosen message. As such, there are no limitations on the juxtaposition of elements and references. Their artistic practice thus covers a wide range of expressions and includes individual works, naturalistic figures rendered in ceramic material, installations and larger scenographic compositions. These later works include furniture and objects the artists have removed from customary contexts and put into new constellations.

Vibeke Mejlvang (b. 1976) and Sofie Hesselholdt (b. 1974) have collaborated since 1999. The Dark Passenger will be their largest exhibition outside Denmark to date, and their first solo exhibition in a museum.

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