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NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Still from Stephen Willats: People and Diagrams, 2015

Still from Stephen Willats: People and Diagrams, 2015

Thisway–“, the first major exhibition in Sweden by British conceptual artist Stephen Willats, will start from March 19th at Index in Stockholm. He is living and working in London. Internationally recognized as a ground breaking practice, his work involves an interdisciplinary approach and theory from sociology, systems analysis, cybernetics, semiotics and philosophy.


For more than fifty years, Willats has produced artworks that engage with social relations and the potential of art as a means to document and interact with people’s lives.

For the exhibition in Stockholm, Willats worked with three participants from different parts of the city, producing photo collages as well as films. The discussion with participants centered on ways of how change plays out in people’s lives. Based on personal stories and images of objects and views with personal significance, the work is interested in the larger dynamic of transformation, in which the personal intersects with socioeconomic conditions.

New works are presented in the gallery space and the gardens surrounding Index, as well as in shop windows on Kungsholmen, Yas Café in Husby, the foyer of Moderna Museet, and through interventions in commercial advertising channels.

Stephen Willats Exhibition “THISWAY–”
Date: March 19th – May 29th, 2016
Open: 12:00 – 18:00 (Saturday and Sunday till 16:00)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Place: Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation
Address: Kungsbrostrand 19, 11226 Stockholm
Tel: + 46 8 5021 9838

Text: Aya Shomura

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