In a cross-breed between an art institution and a night club, Esben Weile Kjær’s exhibitionHARDCORE FREEDOM discusses, demonstrates, and expands ideas of freedom. The installation is changeable and regularly brought to life by performances, sweeping back and forth between rebellion and party, inviting exhibition visitors to get involved via contrasting dance styles, theatre, intimate interactions, light, and sound. Like a hybrid space, HARDCORE FREEDOM unravels and challenges the narratives and visual agency of popular art together with the contemporary fascination with performing and selling freedom. The exhibition is presented in a special partnership with the art association Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, which, in the spring of 2020, will be showing POWER PLAY, also by Weile Kjær.
Already while studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, whence he will be graduating in 2022, Weile Kjær has attracted attention as a major talent of performance art in Denmark with performances at e.g. Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, the National Gallery of Denmark, the Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, and Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, as well as abroad including the Paris Internationale and the Nordic Contemporary, Paris, and the Karlin Studios, Prague.
Gallery name: Copenhagen Contemporary
Address: Refshalevej 173A, Copenhagen
Opening hours: Wed, Fri-Sun 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Open: 14.08.2020 - 18.10.2020