Alicja Kwade | TRANS-FOR-MEN
EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland | 10.10.2018–28.4.2019
The exhibition Trans-For-Men marks the beginning of a new form of collaboration between EMMA and the Saastamoinen Foundation. Every year, a new work will be commissioned from a seminal, topical contemporary artist.
The first artist in the collaboration is Alicja Kwade (b. 1979 Katowice, Poland), who has planned her exhibition to interact with the museum’s unique architecture. Kwade lives and works in Berlin. She is an award-winning rising name in contemporary art whose work has featured at the Venice Biennale and numerous major museums over the past decade.
The show features five sculptural pieces that engage in an intriguing dialogue with the museum’s interior spaces and surrounding scenery. Kwade drew inspiration from the concrete brutalism of the WeeGee Exhibition Centre and the building’s history as a printing house, particularly the heavy printing machines and giant rolls of paper that once filled the gallery spaces. All the exhibits are monumental, time-based installations that depict movement and metamorphosis while guiding the visitor through the space.