Karl Holmqvist
27 April–18 June 2006

Marabouparken Annex has the great pleasure of announcing the exhibition GÅVÄNTASTANNA, a total installation by Karl Holmqvist.
Renowned both internationally and in Sweden, this exhibition high-lights Karl Holmqvist’s artistic practice in performance- and text based art since a fifteen year period. The term total installation was first coined by Danish architect and interior designer Verner Panton in the early seventies, from a desire to provide inspiration for people to make use of his textiles and furniture designs to create entire environments in their homes. Based on this idea, Karl Holmqvist has created his own total installation letting the black and white Panton ‘Geometry’ pattern provide background for a selection of texts from, amongst others, Gertrude Stein, Patti Smith, Kakuzo Okakura (The Book of Tea) and William Blake put together according to the cut-up method first invented by beat writer William Burroughs. The text excerpts that are taken from Karl Holmqvist’s most recent book I ON A LION IN ZION are also to be found in a reading on DVD rolling across a TV-screen in synch with the drawn-out pace of Holmqvist’s voice.

In Study Center 1991–2006, a specially commissioned new installation work, Karl Holmqvist has gathered a selection of his artist’s books, writings and graphic design posters published over the past 15 years, several of which have never previously been shown in Sweden. Finally, also included is a wide selection of films, such as the anti-pollution epic CARS KILL or the just recently finished Black Mountain College made in collaboration with French artist Loris Gréaud. This will be the first in-depth survey of Holmqvist’s deliberately eclectic artistic output and his first one-person exhibition in Stockholm since 8 years.

About Karl Holmqvist
Graduating from the Stockholm University in 1987 with a B A in Literature and Linguistics, Karl Holmqvist first turned to video as a way of combining his interests in language experimentation, text and live performance. The act of reading has been central to Karl Holmqvist’s artistic practice, both as a ‘live’ element creating atmosphere and situations of exchange in the moment and as the basis of extensively undertaken research projects involving various forms of human communication, language in all its aspects and the state of things in the world today.

His most recent one-person exhibitions include; Wie Delphine, Delphine es tun…at Galerie Meerrettich in Berlin (2006), MAYDAY at the C M U Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2002) and Karl Holmqvist at Bildmuseet in Umeå (1999). Holmqvists artist’s practice includes numerous collaborations: Black Mountain College with Loris Gréaud currently on view at Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (on-going), I Will Survive with Elke Krystufek, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent 2005, with Uglycute and Rirkrit Tiravanija at The Land in Thailand (on-going) and at Utopia Station, Venice Biennale (2003) and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2004). In 2000, Karl Holmqvist collaborated with Jeremy Deller on Now It Is Allowable, and became one of the few non-British artists ever to have entered The British Art Show, B A S 5 (2000). Artist’s books include; 21 POEMS (1997), The K. Protocol (2003), Den Bästa Dikten i Skärholmen (2004), I’M WITH YOU IN ROCKLAND (2004) and I ON A LION IN ZION (2005).

A conversation will be held on May 11 at 6.30 PM between Karl Holmqvist and art critic Mats B, that will provide further guidance and links to contemporary art practice.