The utterances of such an un-colloquial dialect Vom Leben already let a piece of Tom Anholt slip into the gallery, clearly not a native speaker yet he shows himself to be somewhere; halfway perhaps...or trying to be here, present between his past and his future.
What Anholt has expressed in his deeply personal foray is a rejection of the extrastatecraft which is constantly subsuming us. He explores the idea of being satisfied, enjoying the present not projecting into the future. Time has stopped for him, this state of being is an extremely acute emotion typically known as being content, it should not be a luxury state but in today's world to sit inside it seems to be. We are constantly battling with a landscape that pulls our mind down various potholes and drains. The attention economy, in which we live in is a parasite that eats away at any chance of becoming captivated. We notice Anholt's simple but astute way of trying to dissolve that, the way in which he captures his sitters by hand rather than in a digital pixel frame. His acts slow down all the interactions he has in his life, letting him savour every inch of them not wanting to miss a second of his life. This is both an emotional and instinctive reaction to a world problem, Anholt's works are not only there to show us his own life but to open ourselves up to our own. He uses the white cube, as a Faraday cage to shield us from the neoliberal swamp of our own making.
A catalogue will be published in conjunction with the solo exhibition. Together with an exhibition tour by the artist, the catalogue will be presented on Sunday, the 28th of April at 12pm at Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig.
Press release courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART. Text: Penny Rafferty