Svart substans (Black Substance)
Joakim Forsgren, who has always played with systems of belief and of doubt, has devoted an entire exhibition to the multiple appearances of Descartes' skulls in Sweden, which were 3D printed from a CT scan made with the supervision of the artist at Lund Hospital.
Galleri Cora Hillebrand
Fabriksgatan 48, Göteborg
Dark Matter, Golden Door
Dark Matter, Golden Door is part of An Infinite Love, an exhibition project in three parts presented by Per Hüttner, Barbara Polla, and Joakim Forsgren, made in collaboration with SKF/Konstnärshuset, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Kl.9, and visionforum(dot)eu. An Infinite Love is made with support from the Swedish Arts Council.
The Resurrection of Carolus Rex
GIBCA – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.
Curated by Nav Haq.
The work The Resurrection of Carolus Rex has numerous components and continues to expand. It considers the figure of Carolus Rex (Charles XII), the infamous Swedish ‘warrior king’ appropriated as a nationalist icon. Research led the artist to some surprising anecdotes that bring a complexity to the figure of Carolus Rex: whilst lying sick in the city of Bender, in present day Moldovia, the king became obsessed with depictions of the landscape gardens of Constantinople sent back by emissaries. Mistaking the cypress trees for Norway spruce (Picea abies), the king had the idea for a similar plantation in Stockholm, a proposal that was immediately discarded by the royal architect.
Svensk flagga (grön) / Swedish flag (green)
Outside Konstfack's main entrance, he hoisted a rustling green tarp – an abstraction of the flag he was showing inside the college building. In an optical experiment, Forsgren cancelled out a swedish flag by projecting onto it a version of the flag in complementary colours. The result was a near-green banner with a greyish-green cross, an open symbol, ready to be invested with new values. In his mind's eye he saw a nationalist who, after staring too long at the blue and yellow flag, would move his gaze to the white wall instead, only to see a glowing after-image in the complementary colours yellow and violet. It is both an anti-flag, and a supplement.