The photographs in the exhibition 'Satellites' originates from a number of kiosks which all have the same shape and appearance: a futuristic design of the 60's. After having discovered that the same stand modules could be found over large parts over Eastern Europe, Magnus Bartas started to experience them as signs or signals.
The photographs in the exhibition 'Satellites'â€™ originates from a number of kiosks which all have the same shape and appearance: a futuristic design of the 60's. After having discovered that the same stand modules could be found over large parts over Eastern Europe, Magnus BÃ¤rtÃ¥s started to experience them as signs or signals.
According to a rumour, these stands were created to host the first private companies in certain Eastern European countries. The design of the modules opened up for a change, for expansion and development. In this case they held the conditions for a shift in politics and economics. The kiosks can be regarded as 'transit objects', objects which show the direction for a transformation of society. Was it actually the satellites that secretly undermined Eastern European communism?
The exhibition is a continuation of BÃ¤rtÃ¥s work regarding marginal architecture, a project which has dealt with small town houses, as in 'Neighbour'â€™ or sheds and small industries found in the countryside, as in 'AMU - land'. The exhibition also includes a video documenting the search for the truth behind 'Satellites'.
Magnus BÃ¤rtÃ¥s is a conceptual artists using photography, objects and the written word as his medium. His work involves exploring aspects of storytelling and portraying, but he also deals with issues regarding the margins of architecture. His work can be placed in an expanding field of art where publishing texts in books and magazines plays a major role. 'Satellites' is his forth solo show with Roger BjÃ¶rkholmen Galleri where he last exhibited in 1999.
Since then he has had major success with solo exhibitions in GÃ¤vle Konstcentrum, JÃ¶nkÃ¶pings Konstmuseum and Passagen, LinkÃ¶pings Konstmuseum.
Image: Satellite from Belgrade
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