They were, those people, a kind of solution

The project They were, those people, a kind of solution is funded through European Union’s Creative Europe program.

Discrepancies with G.G.

Leonor Antunes
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
01/06/2017 – 24/09/2017

Discrepancies with G.G. by Leonor Antunes. The minimalist and yet sensual installations of Leonor Antunes reveal traces of twentieth-century modernist architecture as well as how materials move across the world. Antunes’ works often allude to figures that for many different reasons have been neglected within the context of art history or architecture, while also re-creating shapes and patterns from specific sites. In her research-based installations, furniture designed by for instance Eileen Moray Gray (1878–1976) and buildings by the architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914–1992) function as points of reference for new work.

The atmospheric installations are also inspired by the specific context in which they are staged, the characteristics of the space itself. Another recurring feature is how techniques and materials which travel long distances and thus become
part of global trading appear in the work, for example hemp, cork and wood. At one and the same time, the installations activate the space and act as tactile and evocative en- counters between the architectural memory and craft history of certain places, and patterns of movement.

In the case of Tensta konsthall, the show is informed by the work of Swedish designer and architect Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906–99), for example her 1959 Villa Sundin in the Northern town of Hudiksvall. Having studied furniture design at Konstfack and architecture at the Royal Academy of Technology, both in Stockholm, Magnusson Grossman set up her own studio, called "Studio".

The exhibition is acting as a point of reference for the konsthall’s so- called Art Porch, a handicraft-based drop-in activity scheduled for July and August. Attendees range from children to the elderly, mostly women, who try out various techniques and materials under the guidance of a range of specialists.

Leonor Antunes was born in 1972 in Lisbon. She studied at the Lisbon Theater and Film School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. She currently lives and works in Berlin.