• Moley Talhaoui, 2022, © Jimmy Backius


    Written by Lina Aastrup

    Moley Talhaoui

    ”Retrointrospective” at Ganymede, Hjärnegatan 3, Stockholm

    May 19-22, 2022

    Moley Talhaoui is a brilliant artist who Odalisque has been following ever since our very first print issue. We met up with him for a chat about the upcoming show – “Retrointrospective” – his first in Stockholm in ten years. Make sure not to miss the opportunity to see his works live at Ganymede, this week only.

    Lina Aastrup: This is your first show in Sweden in a long time, how come you so rarely exhibit here, even though you are based in Stockholm?

    Moley Talhaoui: I have mainly worked with galleries in London and the US for many years now, so it just so happens that this is where my focus is normally. There is also something different about showing here – I wouldn’t call it difficult, but it feels special and important somehow.

    LA: Could you tell us about your new exhibition?

    MT: I was actually supposed to exhibit in Stockholm in 2020 already, but it was right when the pandemic hit, and everything was cancelled. “Retrointrospective” is comprised of large scale paintings created on site in Stockholm from 2017 until very recently, including three entirely new works that have never been shown before.

    LA: Why this particular series of work?

    MT: From 2017 and onwards, my artistic practice has expanded in width. I never work on specific themes for my exhibitions, every work I create is part of the same narrative. They build on each other, which is why organizing the exhibition chronologically makes sense.

    LA: And this narrative is?

    MT: In my work, I am constantly searching for the true, universal self that we are all part of, that predate the individual selves that make up Moley or Lina for example. The way I see it, we are all connected. I feel there is a certain expectation from society that coming from my perspective, I would have to focus on topics like precarity, inequality or being a racialised body. These are of course really important topics to deal with in art, but I never considered life to be that divided. When you see everyone as part of the same soul, it becomes clear that the differences between us are really just different contexts or different parts of the same journey in life.

    LA: When looking at your paintings, I cannot help but noticing some recurring motifs, like the apparently skin-less body. What does this particular iconography mean to you?

    MT: Everything I do, all the symbols and motifs, have a specific meaning in my world. But the beautiful thing is that they also function like a Rorschach test. The viewer brings their own references to the art experience, making their own reflections and assumptions about what they mean. Ultimately, what they see is more about them than about me. And that is something I would never want to deprive the audience of by sharing what I thought about when making them.

    Regarding the bodies, I never aimed to make them look “skinless”, but I have heard that particular interpretation many times before. If you look back in time, to around 2008-2014, I made a lot of skeletons. After that I had a period of obsessing about Santería and conceptual spirituality. I think all spirituality is a reflection on what we all feel, it is just the conceptual framing that differs, be it Islam, Christianity or voodoo. These bodies I have been working on for a while now could be seen as a way to connect the skeleton, the spirit and the body. Either way, I feel like as if I have reached a point where I am connecting the dots and completing this whole narrative in a holistic way which is also why it felt so right to share my work through an exhibition at this moment in time.

    Moley Talhaoui, 2022, © Jimmy Backius
    Moley Talhaoui, “Sensithief”, 2020. Oil on canvas, 200x150cm. Photo by Dimitris ’Dimman’ Vulalas.
    Moley Talhaoui, “Mindcraft”, 2021. Oil on canvas, 140x140cm. Photo by Dimitris ’Dimman’ Vulalas.
  • Image from Market Art Fair

    Talks in Town

    Written by Lina Aastrup

    Even though some of the participants in Stockholm Art Week might be a bit tired from the bombastic closing party that took place at Alma last night, there are still great art experiences to be had around town.

    Market Art Fair at Liljevalchs hosts no less than three interesting talks today on Sunday May 1 (all in Swedish):

    Art in the age of climate apocalypse

    ”A conversation exploring the art world’s urgent need for change to ensure a sustainable future for people and planet. Climate change and ecological collapse present tomorrow's fastest accelerating apocalypse, one which will impact every area of our lives. In recent years the art world has turned its attention to addressing the climate crisis, and increasingly artists, curators and researchers have raised the alarm calling for urgent action and change across the art world’s practices. Despite this heightened focus, urgent questions still linger: what is to be done and how fast? Is it possible to achieve the massive change necessary, and what are the paths going forward?”

    Participants: Ylva Hillström, Linda Tedsdotter, Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe
    Moderator: Robert Stasinski

    Stockholm School of Economics Art Division take-over: How can art in business education affect the academic environment and perception of art?

    A conversation exploring the impact of embedding art in business education. Together with artist Bella Rune, Stockholm School of Economics students and faculty consider how the presence of art and artistic methods in business education at SSE affects the academic environment, enriching research and shaping the perception of art. Stockholm School of Economics Art Initiative explores and develops knowledge at the intersection between economy, the arts and humanities, producing art exhibitions and symposiums for researchers, students and the public, placing art at the heart of a knowledge-rich education for all.”
    Participants: Jessica Backsell, Cecilia Parsberg, Emma Stenström, Bella Rune
    Moderator: Students from Art Division, the student-run part of Stockholm School of Economics Art Initiative, part of the Student Association at SSE

    C-print take-over: FAIR SPORTS

    C-print’s Market Talks takeover asks us to reconsider the seemingly disparate themes of Sport and Art. They present a film programme and related panel discussion that explores the parallels and crossovers, raising thought-provoking questions about the performative, aesthetic and social aspects of these practices.

    Participants: Sofia Runarsdotter, Emelie Carlén, Jasmin Daryani, Josefina Malmegård and “Mr Power Up! The Thunderbolt”.
    Moderator: Ashik Zaman

    No pre-registration is needed for the talks, but there is a limited number of seats available which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • Anna Camner, Wetterling Gallery

    Stockholm Art Week

    Written by Lina Aastrup

    Stockholm Art Week April 27—May 1

    Stockholm Art Week starts on Wednesday with all of 15 openings. See the full calendar here

    Stockholm Art Week is a platform that brings together many of Stockholm’s prominent museums, galleries, institutions, artist-run initiatives and art spaces alongside the leading contemporary art fair in the Nordics, Market Art Fair. Special programs, artist talks, lectures, events, and pop-up exhibitions will take place all over town throughout the week. Here are some of the highlights you will not want to miss:

    A Drug Named Love” group exhibition by Black Iris (21 artists) at Alma.
    “All We Have Is Now” by Johan Barrett at Nordiska Galleriet.
    Market Art Fair (38 galleries, 70 artists) at Liljevalchs.
    “More is More” group show (15 artists) at Nitty Gritty.
    “Moving Weight” by Kennedy Yanko at CFHILL.
    “Portionsavund” group show at SKF/Konstnärshuset.
    “Pre-Exodus” by Solenne Tadros at Accelerator.
    “Revisit” and “So Much I Want to Say” by Mona Hatoum at Magasin 3 and Accelerator respectively.
    “The Naked Dive” by Anna Camner at Wetterling Gallery.
    “The Other Side of Silence” by Hrair Sarkissian at Bonniers Konsthall.

    Hrair Sarkissian at Bonniers Konsthall
    Pre-Exodus by Solenne Tadros at Accelerator
    Mona Hatoum at Accelerator