NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present an installation at the mall Nordstan in Gothenburg by artist Ilja Karilampi. The title Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann, means “how we in different ways are drawn to each other” in Swedish. It is a spatial installation where semi-transparent vinyl in the colors purple, green, and yellow cover the glass on an empty storefront in northern Nordstan.
Visually it reflects the energy that is put into circulation when we navigate towards each other during different phases of our lives; online, a sudden rendezvous on public transportation, or at a club. Communication through NFTs, images, texts, reaction likes, etc – even WHAT we follow says something about us to a potential partner.
Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann is not an interdisciplinary museum display, or a pop-up kosher donut shop, or even a festival stage, but rather it can be seen as a large swimming pool filled with light and letters.
Ilja Karilampi (b. 1983 in Gothenburg) is an artist and a curator based in Stockholm, educated at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Karilampi works with an ongoing aesthetic development related to musical energy and visual narrative, often full of references and large-scale sculptural gestures.
Selected exhibitions: Frusen Glädjé, StudyforArtPlatform, Tre Kronor, Stockholm, 2021; Non-space, Revolver Galería, Lima, 2020; Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; ARS17, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017; The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012, and based in Berlin, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, 2011.
In July 2021, an edition of NFTs, Mutagen will be released on the network Ethereum, produced by the gallery Temnikova & Kasela in Tallinn, Estonia.
In December 2021, Ilja Karilampi will be in Lagos, Nigeria, for a collaboration with the art space hFACTOR.