Hesselholdt&Mejlvang: Pomp and Ceremony - Shades of Skin
16 May – 21 Sep 2014

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang is a Danish art group formed in 1999 consisting of Sofie Hesselholdt (b. 1974) and Vibeke Mejlvang (b. 1976). The duo is known for scenographical installations utilizing sculptures, manipulated ready-made-objects, stuffed animals, textiles and ceramics. Symbols of power such as flags, crests and drapes are used in the works which comment upon western values and the social and political commitments of modern life. Hesselholdt & Mejlvang studies these themes in an original and witty way.
Pomp and Ceremony – Shades of Skin transforms the Art Museum’s Studio space to a ceremonial scene which borrows from political campaigns and festivities. The whole pompous festival equipment with its rosettes, draped curtains and customized lighting is done in a nude, Nordic skin-like color to encourage the viewer to think about how normative our culture and world views really are.

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang airs the Finnish national identity by playing with cherished national treasures such as the Aalto vase and our beloved Moomin trolls. Even the national romantic interior of the museum and the crest of the Turku Art Society are used as art work material. The whole ensemble questioning positions of power spreads out to the meeting room used by the Turku Art Society and the flags fluttering outside the museum.

Pomp and Ceremony – Shades of Skin is Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s first solo show in Finland. The exhibition has been supported by the Finnish-Danish Foundation, Danish Art Workshop and Danish Arts Council.


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