Prognostics lecture: Hesselholdt & Mejlvang
The last Prognostics lecture of the spring season is given by artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang. Their lecture ‘A Discussion between Us and the World – the art practice of Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’ focuses on their interest in social and political structures that are being established and reproduced in society. National identity, Eurocentrism, and the creation of a collective We that exceeds these notions are the focal themes in their art practice.
Watch a video recording of the lecture here.
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang are primarily working with site-specific installations and projects in public space. The inherent condition of being two individuals responding to the world is visible in their work, as it is continually preconditioned with a duality, opposing positions or components that give rise to widespread connotations. There is no resulting answer to be found; the art works are carrying on an internal dialogue of their own.
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang is a Danish, Copenhagen-based artist duo, established in 1999, consisting of Sofie Hesselholdt (1974) and Vibeke Mejlvang (1976). They met each other in the first year of studying and have worked exclusively together since then. They graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. Selected solo exhibitions: Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden (2017); Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2016); Platform Arts, Northern Ireland (2015); KUNSTEN-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2015); Turku Art Museum, Finland (2014); Oslo Kunstforening, Norway (2014); and SKMU-Sørlandets Art Museum, Norway (2012). Selected projects in public space: Points of Unity, billboards in Kiev and Kryvya Rih, Ukraine (2018); Native, Exotic, Normal / State of Emergency, special project at The People's Political Meeting, Bornholm, Denmark (2016); Native, Exotic, Normal / Circle of Flags, special project at Roskilde Festival, Denmark (2016). Hidden Agenda (Tears, Eagle, Chain, Lions, Face, Star), flag installation in Seoul, Korea (2015); Flags of Aggression, flag installation in Seoul, Korea (2014).
Prognostics lectures map new areas of art, which challenge established forms of art, exhibition methods, and shake up societal norms and political thinking. Prognostic lecture series is supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.