Jakob Kolding

Formation

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The central aspect of the work of Jakob Kolding (born in Albertslund, Denmark, in 1972, lives and works in Berlin) is collage as a method for breaking up established hierarchies and interpretations and finding new, less conclusive and easily-defined standpoints. His works have a visual lexicon fed by the most diverse sources – a personal vocabulary made up of plastic arts, literature, music and theatre – to invite discussion of subjective ways of reading and associative narratives, which sound out identity as something arising from a ceaseless dialogue between society and individual. The most recent works are based on an extended concept of collage, which takes in the exhibition space itself; the large-scale installations are a sort of spatial collage, where visitors become part of the work.

This year, Kolding was part of the group exhibition, Political Affairs - Language Is Not Innocent. The silkscreen, which has been made exclusively for edition program of the Kunstverein in Hamburg, shows the silhouette of an upper body and a hooded head. Titled Formation the work plays on the double meaning of the formation of a personal identity and the formation of a larger group of people coming together. A body in movement, seemingly in the process of putting itself together. The figure suggests a personal identity being formed out of various different parts rather than existing as an isolated whole, or perhaps a larger body of people coming together as one, as a group forming a shared social or political identity, as for instance in a demonstration.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2019
  • Pieces, Galerie Martin Janda, Wien (S)
    Political Affairs - Language Is Not Innocent, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
  • 2018
  • Movements, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (S)
  • 2017
  • The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised, Centre d’édition
    contemporaine, Genf (S)
    Dress Rehearsals, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (S)
    self, portraits, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Kopenhagen (S)
  • 2016
  • Another World with Difficulties, Team Gallery, Los Angeles (S)
  • 2013
  • Cut ’n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, Museum of Modern Art, New York (G)
  • 2010
  • Stakes Is High, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (S)
  • 2001
  • Jakob Kolding, Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
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