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My Perversion Is the Belief in True Love
23 October 2020 – 21 February 2021
Hall, Wing and MEDIApoint

Curated by Martin Schibli


Among the artists featured in the exhibition areEllen Cantor, Andrea Eva Györi, Alba S. Enström, Merzedes Sturm-Lie, Alisa Yoffe and Amalia Vekri.


The exhibition title is a quote from the late artist Ellen Cantor (1961–2013). It encapsulates a paradox shared by many artist: while adopting a critical approach, they nevertheless still believe in the energy of artistic practice, they are still romantics, they still believe in love. Cantor worked in several media, she could be provocative – but often with a good measure of humour. Her work revolved around present-day culture, society and politics, yet more fundamentally it was about life itself, about passion and the struggle to survive as a human being in a world of complicated uncertainty.

The renewed interest in Cantor’s work in recent years comes as no surprise. There has been a strong wish among artists to regain the autonomy and power of art, and a desire to avoid being interpreted from the standpoint of specific theoretical frameworks. Instead they want to maintain and express the energy of art itself.

This exhibition brings together artists from different generations and backgrounds. Artists who are interested not in the latest theories but in underground culture, poets, punk, life, passion, fashion magazines such as Vogue, popular film references, pornographic magazines... All featured artists address the struggle of being human, of finding an orientation in the here and now. They all bring energy into their art, with few or no compromises. Their determination to embrace both life and art can be seen as a harbinger of a better future.




Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York






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