Tobias Bernstrup will take part in the group show “Battleground States”, curated by Aaron Moulton at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, from October 5th 2012 to January 10th 2013.
Full artist list:
Matthew Barney, David Levine, Dean Sameshima, Douglas Gordon, Matt Lipps, Terence Koh, Gillian Wearing, Jonathan Horowitz, Takashi Murakami, Absalon, Michelle Hines, Bas Jan Ader, Sissel Tolaas, Trevor Southey, Shirin Neshat, Chuck Close, Bertrand Planes, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Cary Kwok, Heather Cassils, Asma Kazmi, Guido ven de Werve, Tobias Bernstrup, Giuseppe Campuzano, Forrest Bess, Jack Smith, Jeremy Shaw, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Matt Lipps, Amy Jorgensen
Battleground States brings together artists who critically engage with the discourse of visual culture and gender studies. Through video, sculpture, installation, and photography, these works explore ideas of how figuration and identity are connected.
The exhibition begins with Utah artist Trevor Southey as his process of self-realization has made him an art historical pivot when discussing gender politics within the culture of Utah. The narrative continues by presenting generations of artists across the globe, leading the viewer along a path of self-realization in which concepts of coupling or completing the self are represented as spiritual quests.
Battleground States analyzes the space between traditional gender duality by exploring alternative forms such as the third gender, a generally foreign concept in Western culture. In their non-Western roles, these alternative identities denote a space for possibility and transcendence. The exhibition moves towards notions of the “post-gender” as a way to better understand how our cultural diversities open up interpretations of a third space.
Battleground States is made possible in part through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the B. W. Bastian Foundation and IASPIS: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists.