Start Begging by Shahryar Nashat

29 August 29 — 29 December 2019

SMK — Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen


Start Begging, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Shahryar Nashat, opens at SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen on August 29 and will remain on view through December 29, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.


"A subtle, pink filter on the gallery’s windows sets the tone of the exhibition on several levels: literally, as it floods the room in flesh-coloured light, and metaphorically, hinting at a general preoccupation with the body and all its connotations – including those of flesh, tissue, body, membranes, motor functions and desire.

Keep Begging, 2019, HD video on LED wall, 11:10 minutes, Shahryar Nashat, 2019, Swiss Institute, New York, Installation view

The exhibition will include a major video installation as well as a number of sculptures and other interventions.

The exhibition title, Start Begging, frames the various oppositions and power plays which the works establish: between object and image, between camera and body, between different materialities – and possibly even between work and viewer." — SMK

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