| 20.may.2014

New exhibition: Henrik Olesen

How do you form your own identity, and what role might art play in that process? That is the focus of the exhibition Abandon the Parents, which opens 23 May.

The new exhibition in x-rummet explores and interprets the process of emancipation and independence that may – or may not – happen in the life of an andolescent leaving his or her parents to seek out new values. The exhibition is curated by internationally acclaimed artist Henrik Olesen together with two of his long-standing collaborators, Daniel Buchholz and Christopher Müller.

Leaving behind the familiar

In the exhibition you can experience an overwhelming collection of paintings, books, photographs, videos, sounds, and drawings. Approximately 250 works are brought together in the exhibition, where they establish surprising connections and create personal, historical, and political meanings and narratives.

The exhibition acts as a single, vast collage that offers one possible take on the process of identity-building that we all experience in our lives. Abandon the Parents explores the borderland that all human beings occupy when leaving behind the familiar – "the parents” – to venture out into unknown territory in search of an identity.

Read more about the exhibition Abandon the Parents

A personal starting point for a universal narrative

The combination of works presented in the exhibition springs from the three curators’ personal process of exploration – they have selected works, stories, and artists in which they frame a space that contextualizes artistic production and self-organization.

Read about Henrik Olesen

The exhibition presents three interwoven homosexual autobiographies, but it also points to the mechanisms, desires, and intuitions that serve as the building blocks for our identities as human beings.

Explore the lavish archive of everything from paintings and sculptures to photographs, prints, drawings, letters, and videos from 23 May - 28 September 2014.

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