"Projects 94: Henrik Olesen" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Projects 94: Henrik Olesen" Exhibition

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In his conceptually rigorous and often witty work, Berlin-based artist Henrik Olesen (b. 1967, Esbjerg, Denmark) investigates structures of power and systems of knowledge to reveal inherent logics and rules of social and political normalization. Olesen’s projects, based on in-depth research, have addressed a range of subjects including legal codes, the natural sciences, distribution of capital, and art history, and have taken the form of posters, fliers, text, collages, found-object sculptures, and spatial interventions. In past works, Olesen has compiled examples of “sodomy law” from around the world as testimony to the persistent criminalization of homosexuality; assembled a vast atlas of conspicuous and yet rarely acknowledged expressions of same-sex desire or affection in Western art history; and, most recently, created a historical and imagined portrait—in photo-text collages and sculptural objects—of British mathematician Alan Turing, who was persecuted for his sexual orientation despite his professional achievements and patriotic contributions. For Projects 94, Olesen presents a new site-specific work.
[Image: Henrik Olesen. Imitation/Enigma (2). 2008. Box, adhesive tape, rope, padding material, and blanket, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 x 11 13/16" (60 x 100 x 30 cm). © Henrik Olesen.]



from February 09, 2011 to May 23, 2011


Henrik Olesen

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