Adam Christensen (DK/UK)
Flags and Centerfolds (2020)
Exhibition room: ATRIUM & outside (flagpoles)
Adam Christensen was commissioned to create flags for the Nordic House. But he did not like the inherent symbolism of flags, so he decided to work from a personal identity standpoint, hanging out his “trannie” identity – elongating his transvestite clothes into personal flags. In the Atrium he presents a series of centerfold posters, revisiting a melancholic nostalgia for the pop culture of idolisation of the 80s and 90s.
Adam Christensen (born 1979) is a multidisciplinary artist whose working practice is primarily realised through textiles, music, and installation, blurring the boundaries between everyday life and fiction. Based on his immediate experiences, coloured by the theatricality of every day, the spectacle of domesticity, chance encounters, and emotional and physical dramas, Christensen conveys these experiences through his performances.
A primary concern of Christensen’s practice is the construction and representation of space, and what ‘activates’ that space – the unfolding narrative of heartbreak, desire, memory, and identity. He forms a ‘stage’ from which he interacts with the audience and can edit the narrative, often by singing with the accordion and reading short stories, adding layers to a story in a process of continuous development.