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White is not neutral; it's a system we are all part of - Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

The White Exhibition analyses the various meanings associated with the colour white. For instance, a white flag is traditionally the sign of truce, ceasefire, or a request for negotiation. A blank slate in turn symbolizes a fresh start, or liberation from the burdens of the past.

The title also alludes to the white race and the power structures embedded in the fabric of contemporary society. If we hope to ever coexist in a fair and just society, the artists urge us to acknowledge and dismantle the mechanisms of inequality that remain pervasive in the world today.

In the context of the art world, the White Cube refers to the modernist notion of a neutral, white-walled gallery space. The White Cube has become a standard context in which art is presented, albeit that white, as we now realize, is no more “neutral” than any other colour.

Read the exhibition statement by the artists here.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Hesselholdt & Mejlvang’s installation will come to life in the form of a durational performance that will take place from Tuesday to Sunday for four hours at a time.

The performance of the exhibition can be seen:

TUE 12–16

WED–FRI 14–18

SAT–SUN 12–16

Performers: Johan Högsten / Jose Lumbreras / Wilhelmina Ojanen / Pinja Pieski / Selma Reynisdóttir

Gallery name: Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA

Address: Ahertajantie 5, Espoo

Opening hours: Tue, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00, Wed-Fri 11:00 - 19:00

Open: 02.06.2021 - 29.08.2021