Making art ... and all the rest
Having an exhibition is fun, inspiring and exciting. I love sharing my images with the public, and getting their response. But of course: it is also a lot of work. Not only with what you see when you visit the exhibition: The artworks. But as I do not have a multitude of assistants, all the other work also has to be done by me. Not that I complain, I find most of it interesting, but I find me changing hats a lot these months. Ordering frames. Reserving time at the printers. Writing press releases. Finding out to whom these should go. Answering interviews. Sending press photos. Meeting the gallery, planning the opening. Busy like a bee I flutter about, trying to think about everything and to forget nothing! Four weeks to go! :D
I sent the press releases a couple of weeks ago, and now I am starting to get response. I have been interviewed by an Italian art website and a German gay magazine so far, coming up in a couple of days is a large American magazine I understand. I am very happy that the images and the concept catches their interest! I'll show you the text of the release here, as it is quite a concise presentation of what the exhibition is all about:The art of shame
It is shame that is the subject for the new series of post-photographic works from the Norwegian artist Trygve Skogrand. Not any shame, but the deep shame you feel when you know that you are ugly, when you are certain that you are all wrong. This is the shame of the subgroups of society.
We all inherit the values and prejudices of our society. This is even so when the prejudices are against the subgroup that you are self a part of. This can leave you with subconscious prejudices against yourself – a shame of being who you are.
”I believe that many feels this shame. Whether you are too thick, old, handicapped, have mental problems, are poor, unemployed, an immigrant - the list goes on and on - you risk ending up with this deep certainty: I am unacceptable.”
In the exhibition "The Theatre of Shame" the artist Trygve Skogrand investigates this shame, taking as the starting point his own self-biographical story about being a homosexual Christian.
The artist uses his own disclosed body as artistic raw material for the post-photographic works. The pictures show meticulously constructed figures, built up from a series of self-portraits, inhabiting constructed landscapes and settings, where the process of discovering the systems of this shaming of subgroups is examined.
Two works from the series have recently been exhibited in London and in Edinburgh. In the upcoming exhibition the complete series will be exhibited for the first time.
Trygve Skogrand is born in Sunndalen, Norway in 1967. He works mainly with post-photographic art, and has exhibited in Scandinavia, Italy and the UK. Skogrand lives and works in Malmö, Sweden.
What: ”The Theatre of Shame”, post-photographic works by Trygve Skogrand
Where: Vasli Souza Gallery, Malmö
When: 27th March – 26th April 2015
Press showing: Thursday 26th March 1 pm and by appointment