Graduation Show 2014: “A CURE FOR WHAT AILS YOU”

“Happiness is nothing more than a mirage. Even so, people are drawn to it as if it were the greyhound racing, eternally chasing the (artificial) rabbit. This insatiable striving is the most ironic and at the same time the saddest quality of mankind. It is therefore that this makes us an easy target for commerce. Products or services that suggest to have some sort of mental health improving qualities have never been more popular. It is not uncommon that brands try to sell you their products dressed up with vague life lessons or promising forecasts. Even teabags tells you to “sing from your soul” or “be a lighthouse”. But there are also other possibilities to grab hold on that could, or should, be less contained by capitalistic motives. Meditation, yoga and mindfulness are increasingly popular. Taoism and Buddhism for example, could definitely help us find some sort of inner peace. What I mean to say is, that there are tons of resources that people turn to. All these different resources provide different messages and we have the tendency to get entangled between them. In my work I try to see these messages for what they truly are. At times I find that there‚Äôs a heartfelt genuineness driving these wishes, at other times they are of a more deceiving kind and lastly there are times that they are just blatantly taking the piss out of you.”

Installation overview


Installation overview


Installation overview


“a cure for what ails you #1” - 2013 - photography


“a cure for what ails you #2” - 2013 - installation


“a cure for what ails you #2” - 2013 - installation


“a cure for what ails you #3” - 2013 - installation


“a cure for what ails you #4” - 2013 - photography


“a cure for what ails you #5” - 2013 - installation


“a cursory glance” - 2013 - installation


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