Song Dongs’s Exhibition ‘Collaborations’, 01.09-31.10.2017, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark

  • Kasper Ostrowski Aarhus University

Abstract

In the fall of 2017 Kunsthal Aarhus presented the first “solo” exhibition in Denmark by the contemporary Chinese artist Song Dong. The non-monographic exhibition was entitled Collaborations – hence the quotation marks – and focused on collaborative forms. The title of the exhibition accentuates Song’s strong interest in artistic collaborations – often involving members of his own family. On display was both some of the artist’s best-known works and new creations. Song’s work often focuses on family relations and geopolitics. They have a powerful way of expressing the effects of radical change and social transformation on members of his own family. He strives to combine the past and the present, the personal and the universal, the poetic and the political. Collaboratively. In Kunsthal Aarhus each gallery was dedicated to one chapter of Song Dong’s artistic practice and collaborations, offering an overview of his diverse practice that embraces performance, installation, video and photography.