When the solution aint the solution

Gävle Konstcentrum
14 March – 15 April 2009

Joakim Forsgren says himself that the point of departure for his work is often the void created when the great ideological movements lose their relevance – for example, the anti nuclear energy movement during the 1970s and 80s. The closure of the nuclear energy plant Barsebäck, prompted Joakim Forsgren to ponder the vacuum which seemed to appear when the clearest symbol of the struggle against nuclear energy disappeared. He subtly goes about interfering with public space when he transforms a cable box into a nuclear plant using black electricity tape. The architectonic similarities are striking. Documentation of this project in polaroid photographs mounted on the taped cable box is part of the exhibition at Konstcentrum.

Other ideological aspects of Joakim Forsgren’s art crop up in the photo where a woman is posing with a Konsum bag which has been shaped to be carried on the head. The artist calls this “integration-friendly design” and the bag itself is presented as a piece of sculpture beside the photograph. With quiet humour and a feeling for the absurd, typical for the artist, Joakim Forsgren reveals the contradictory in our current utopian notions of equality.

The work Hårsta is also being shown at Konstcentrum: an illuminated photograph of the housing area Hårsta in Skutskär, which is reflected in water in a display case. Hårsta is part of the frequently criticized Million Dwellings Programme from the 1960s. Joakim Forsgren’s piece is about our view of “failed architecture”; the artist wants to change our experience of the housing area rather than the buildings themselves.