Benedetta Crippa
graphic design
& visual interventions
Solo exhibition

For my first solo exhibition at Konstfack in 2017 (and my first exhibition ever!) I showed statues, drawings, paintings and preparatory sketches of what a few months later would become my MFA degree work World of Desire. I also designed and produced a series of hand-painted textiles.

In line with my wish for the show to be an occasion for exchange and exploration, the programme included a talk with artist Sofia Lind, an open screening of the documentary Horn Please on truck folk art, and a different soundtrack for each day.

For the works to be 
in dialogue with contemporary questions around decoration, I asked curator Svante H. Tirén 
to write a text situating my work 
in the broader context of decorative and design practices.

Citing from his text:
“Benedetta’s process includes analyses of political and creative issues that are part of coming to terms with how the very notion of ‘decorative’ represents a hidden system of cultural hierarchies and narrow distribution of legitimacy. In her case, it is no longer a question of joyful kitsch versus restrained purism, or maximalism contrasted to minimalism. Instead, it is a freedom from these binary opponents altogether and a focus on developing a new sensitivity beyond polarising structures and concepts.”

Thank you to Sofia Lind, Svante Tirén, and my class at Konstfack

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