Curator: Andreas Nilsson
Co-curator: Maija Rudovska
Assistant curator: Julia Björnberg
Exhibition was organized by Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden in collaboration with Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Zenta Dzividzinska. From the series Rigas Pantomima (ca. 1964–1967), b/w photograph
Just as interactions in society are based on a mix of historical experiences and current demands, the artists in the exhibition Society Acts move between perceived experiences and dreamed aspirations. The exhibition’s title – Society Acts – is to be understood as a comprehensive and transparent concept, where acts refers to visible and invisible movement, social action and to performative gesture. Questions of private and collective identities, political expressions, and personal reflections take shape in the exhibition. The artists question and challenge the public realm, the institutional spaces, and the boundary between fiction and documentary. Many of the works in the exhibition discuss the role of the city, the spatial and social relationship, as well as settings and the conditions of behavior, that have been framed by particular institutions and spaces.
An extended version of the exhibition Society Acts was first presented at Moderna Museet Malmö in the exhibition series The Moderna Exhibition, which historically has been Moderna Museet’s inventory of Swedish contemporary art. Unlike the two previous exhibitions, the selection for Society Acts was widened geographically beyond Sweden, to include artists from a large part of the Baltic region, and also included historical elements.
Artists: AaBbPp, Cezary Bodzianowski, Eglė Budvytytė & Bart Groenendaal, Zenta Dzividzinska, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Joachim Hamou, Laura Kaminskaitė, Essi Kausalainen, Anna Lundh, Henning Lundkvist, Maija Luutonen, Miks Mitrēvics & Kristīne Kursiša, Michala Paludan, Lea Porsager, Emily Roysdon, Imri Sandström, Janek Simon, Ola Ståhl & Terje Östling.
Screening program: Emanuel Almborg, Maja Borg, Maj Hasager, Jonas Mekas, Kristina Norman.
The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö was generously supported by: Region Skåne, Polish Institute, Danish Arts Foundation, Latvian Culture Capital Fund, The International Cultural Programme Centre, The Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania & Lithuanian Council for Culture, Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Letterstedtska Föreningen.
The exhibition at kim? Contemporary Art Centre was supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Embassy of Sweden in Riga, Danish Arts Foundation, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Vivacolor, Rīgas Laiks, kultura.lv, Iaspis, Absolut, BIRZĪ, VKN, Valmiermuižas alus, Rīga TV24, Pieci.lv, Delfi.