Studio / Public platform: Harald Stakegatan 2, 415 15 GBG
Andreas Engman is an artist, educator and former chef working and living in Gothenburg. Engman’s artistic practice1 is, through a conceptual approach, invested in different modes of institutional critique and alternative pedagogical frameworks, which often takes the shape of installations, performances and discursive events. Turning towards the performative and the corporeal he’s interested in how expanded notions of institutional critique can be formed in the intersection of feminist pedagogies, affective strategies and the politics of food. His past experience as a professional chef informs the conceptual and political aspects of his work with food cultures with material knowledge and practical skills.
Further investigations into the many political, aesthetic and affective intersections of art and food is performed through the collaborative platform AFTERWORKS together with artists Rose Brander and Kjell Caminha.
As a continuation of his long-standing interest in the fabric of institutions through their structures, attitudes and ecologies, Engman initiated the artist-run platform Temporary Stabilisations together with artist Annie Johansson. Temporary Stabilisations can be seen as yet another vehicle and strategy to explore expanded practices tied to “the institutional”. The aim for this practice-based-research project has been to establish a space to gain further insights into the complex ecologies of institutions. The space functions as a studio and a public transdisciplinary platform for contemporary art and related practices, situated in a former convenient store in Gamlestan in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In collaboration with with Kjell Caminha, MC Coble and Jeuno Kim he also forms the group Public* Display* of Actions*. P*D*A* is an anti-fascist platform using performance and speech tactics from street and guerilla theater, agitprop, Speakers' Corners, and political assemblies, to initiate contexts for collective experience and demonstration. How can the visual and performative literacy of art be shared and used collectively among artists, activists, researchers and the general public to navigate the swiftly changing social and political climate in a time when white power and institutional violence are gathering in the wake of political instability driven by post-factual politics, white fragility and entitlement?