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Beyond the Borders: Elgaland-Vargaland and Association for Temporary Art
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, History and Theory of Art.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9638-0535
2022 (English)In: A cultural history of the avant-garde in the Nordic countries since 1975 / [ed] Benedikt Hjartarson; Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam; Laura Luise Schultz; Tania Ørum, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2022, p. 674-688Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This text discusses two Swedish art project/art groups: The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland, founded in 1992 by artists Leif Elggren (born 1950) and Carl Michael von Hausswolff (born 1956), and Association for Temporary Art [a:t], founded in 1993 by artists Karin Hansson (born 1967) and Åsa Andersson-Broms (then Åsa Andersson, born 1967). The Kingdoms of Elgaland Vargaland (which is a still on-going project) and [a:t] are highly relevant for an understanding of how artists during the 1990’s formed groups and contexts that balanced regular art exhibitions finding other sites for exposing and executing art projects, be it within the framework of corporate business, the Internet or by empowering the “citizens” of a Dual-Kingdom to conduct art works of their own. As this comparison will show, the paths chosen by the younger female artists and the older, more established males both run parallel and divert, and both could be understood as taking on a more vanguard position, deploying traditional avant-garde strategies of existing outside the art world. And yet, forming art groups could also be understood as an attempt to formulate an avantgarde position outside the logic that positions the rule-breaking individual avant-gardist artist and the solo exhibition at the core of an art system that builds careers and keeps the economy running.  Indeed, the relationship between the art market and the “new economy” was, as we shall see, one of the things that [a:t] set out to investigate.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2022. p. 674-688
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Avant-garde critical studies, ISSN 1387-3008 ; 41
Keywords [sv]
avant-garde, Elgaland-Vargaland, association for temporary art, contemporary art, artist groups
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Visual Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31213DOI: 10.1163/9789004515956_045ISBN: 9789004444560 (print)ISBN: 9789004515956 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-31213DiVA, id: diva2:1048877
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2023-02-01Bibliographically approved

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