post-title John Skoog | Reduit (Redoubt) | alexander levy | 25.11.-08.12. 2016

John Skoog | Reduit (Redoubt) | alexander levy | 25.11.-08.12. 2016

John Skoog | Reduit (Redoubt) | alexander levy | 25.11.-08.12. 2016

John Skoog | Reduit (Redoubt) | alexander levy | 25.11.-08.12. 2016

until 08.12. | #0924ARTatBerlin | Galerie alexander levy zeigt ab dem 25. November die Ausstellung “Reduit (Redoubt)” des Künstlers John Skoog.

Set in the flat farmlands of south Sweden, Reduit (Redoubt) presents a portrait of local farm-worker Karl-Göran Persson through the decaying residues of his legacy. In the 1940s Persson, fearing a cold-war Russian invasion into Sweden, sought to turn his family home into a garrison where he and the people in the village could find refuge. Persson reinforced the building, once a traditional Swedish farmhouse, with an array of discarded metal. His fixation on constructing the fortress became his life work – he lived alone in the house and continued its reconstruction until his death in 1975. It now stands as a massive concrete slab in the middle of a field, a half-ruin weathered by neglect. Fragments of various stories about Persson and the fortress, collected by Skoog, are re-told as the camera circles the fortress, “scanning” its exterior walls in one continuous tracking shot.

With the video work John Skoog won the Baloise Art Award at Art Basel in 2014. Afterwards the work was on view at the mumok in Vienna and the MMK in Frankfurt.

Vernissage: Friday, 25th November 2016, 6 to 9 p.m.

Exhibition period: Friday, 25th November toThursday, 08th December 2016

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Image caption: John Skoog, Reduit (Redoubt), 2014, film still

Exhibition John Skoog – alexander levy – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin

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