ADN Galeria presents Tobias Bernstrup's second personal exhibition, Body 5 Arrives.
Tobias Bernstrup is one of Sweden's most important performance and new media artists, being internationally active for more than a decade.
He has constructed his own unmistakable performance persona in elaborate costumes of glossy latex and heavy makeup during these years. His work addresses questions about identity and gender and the blurred border between the virtual and the real, letting both spheres intertwine. He appropriates iconographies and identities from different imaginaries and introduce them into real or virtual scenarios, by the means of his body, the ideal surface where to project and actualize fantasies.
Body 5 Arrives presents paintings, costume sketches, videos and sculptural works. Bernstrup's sculptures, avatars or alter egos play with this dialectic of sameness/otherness and make more porous the separation between living and lifeless bodies, material and immaterial presences. His alter-egos seem to come out of a science-fiction movie, a scene from a cabaret or some sado-masoquist fantasies. They do not convey a defined sexual identity, but maintain rather voluntarily a certain ambiguity, mixing and crossing different signs of identification that correspond to excluding social categories.
The opening will take place on Thursday, September 9th from 7.30 pm at ADN Galerķa and the exhibition will be on site until October 16th, 2010.