For six months, the Institut Suédois has given carte blanche to Andréhn-Schiptjenko. The gallery will be taking over one of the institute’s exhibition rooms to, in succession, present three solo show by influential contemporary artists from Sweden.
This series is inaugurated with Altarpiece, a solo exhibition by Santiago Mostyn. The opening takes place on Thursday, October 17th, between 6-8 pm.
Santiago Mostyn (b. 1981) makes films, installations and performances that test the divide between disparate cultural spheres, employing an intuitive process to engage with a knowledge and history grounded equally in the body and the rational mind. He is based in Sweden but maintains strong ties to Zimbabwe and Trinidad & Tobago, the countries of his upbringing.
Altarpiece is a new film triptych that considers the fragility and potential of the ecstatic body in two distinct political spaces: late Capitalism in the United States, and post-colonial populism in southern Africa and the Caribbean. Material from academic archives is mixed with the artist’s own images to reconsider how these broad histories and personal memories might intersect.
Mostyn has exhibited widely, including Not a Single Story II at Wanås Konst, Survival Kit 10.1 at LCCA Riga, and The Measure of All Things: On the (In)Human at Lunds Konsthall (all 2019) The Gothenburg Biennial (2017), Moderna Museet (2016), Kunsthall Stavanger (2014), and Malmö Konsthall (2013).
Mostyn also co-curated the Moderna Exhibition 2018: With the Future Behind Us, Moderna Museet’s most recent survey of contemporary art in Sweden.