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LET IT GO LET IT GO by BENEDIKTE BJERRE at KUNSTVEREIN GÖTTINGEN curated by TOMKE BRAUN [from 20210207 to 20210321]
[Photos: Marius Land, © Kunstverein Göttingen]
Bjerre questions the extent to which economic and social structures influence our actions and being. For her soloshow at Kunstverein Göttingen, she develops a questioning as well as forward-looking perspective of her own production conditions by reinterpreting and recontextualizing previous works of her artistic career.
In her sculptures and installations, Bjerre primarily works with industrially produced materials and symbolic products to address the growing decoupling of time and space in a globalized society. At all times shaped by a sociological and critical view of the present day, the artist adapts images, symbols and procedures of a late-capitalist world of commodities. In humorous constellations supplemented by art historical references; soft, comic-like suitcases and boxes writhe around („High Hopes”, 2018) or balloon chickens dance in the exhibition space („Lisa‘s chickens”, 2016). For let it go let it go, Bjerre designs a structure that responds to the Old Town Hall’s space, as well as to distancing and waiting as social symptoms in light of the Corona pandemic. In this way, an in-between stage is made tangible: on the one hand, the works are exposed in their already adapted state; on the other hand, they appear to be waiting for further possible changes –or simply waiting for their next destination.
Benedikte Bjerre (born 1987 in Copenhagen) studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt from 2009 to 2015 and attended The Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen from 2013 to 2016. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted, Denmark and Kantine Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, amongst others. Bjerre has received stipends from De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Since 2019, she is a professor at Det Jyske Kunstakademi in Aarhus.
[Text: Tomke Braun]
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