Welcome (To The Teknival)
Ivorypress is pleased to present artist Kasper Akhøj’s latest project, entitled Welcome (To The Teknival).
The exhibition, open until 3 November 2018, consists of a documentation of Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027. In a research-based work that began in 2008, the artist recorded the restoration and resurrection of this modernist villa located on the Côte d’Azur.
These photographs were taken over a period of five visits to E-1027 (in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017), yet each image is taken from a diverse view, allowing for the interchangeable nature of the villa to resonate through the documentation. The record of the successive occupants is confronted with each other, creating a gripping historical dialogue of conceptual storytelling.
The show’s title, Welcome (To The Teknival) appropriates from two graffiti from 1990, created by squatters occupying the abandoned site. It also reveals the atemporal nature of the building, at one point desolately abandoned and at another, fully preserved.
In 1939 French architect Le Corbusier painted a mural in the villa, as a kind of defilement of Gray’s architecture. Paradoxically, the architect played a crucial part in the site’s preservation.
Kasper Akhøj (Copenhagen, 1976) works with film, sculpture and photography. He studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The artist completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, in New York, in 2009.
Recent solo exhibitions include Welcome (To The Teknival) at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, in Germany; and Overgaden—Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. His work has also been shown at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residecies Ludlow 38, New York, USA; Art in General, New York, USA; and the 28th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil. In 2010 he was an artist-in-residence at the 29th São Paulo Biennial, as well as at the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.
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