Swedish For Argument

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  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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In an age where one in ten Europeans is conceived in a IKEA bed, it is hardly surprising that the pervasive influence of this flatpack giant has found its way into the visual arts. Swedish for Argument uses IKEA as a departure point to examine ideas of production, ownership, ubiquity and need.

Swedish for Argument  includes existing and commissioned works by international and Australian artists. The exhibition will be accompanied by a talks series, an IKEA Recovery Workshop and a small publication.

Guy Ben-Ner (ISRAEL/USA), Tony Schwensen (AUS/USA), Emma White (AUS), Helmut Smits (NL), Gary Carsley (AUS), Michele Pred (USA/SWEDEN), Lorenzo Bravi (ITALY) and Jess Olivieri with the Parachutes for Ladies (AUS)

Curated by Holly Williams


View the catalogue here



Accompanying events:

IKEA Recovery Workshop
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14th November 2-5pm
Bringing new life to abandoned IKEA, Scott Mitchell leads a speculative fabrication workshop for UTS staff & students.

Gallery floor talks
Tuesday 30 October 1-2pm
with Gary Carsley & Jo Law

Tuesday 6 November 1-2pm
with Jess Olivieri & Holly Williams

Musik från norr
Tuesday 20 November 6-7pm
Scandinavian works performed by musicians from the Australia Quartet, UTS Piano Quartet in Residence