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Stockholm gallery opens 'Wag the Dog' exhibition

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 9 Mar 2010, 10:59

Published: 09 Mar 2010 10:59 GMT+01:00

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In Make History for a Pink Future, Azat Sargsyan, a visual artist based in both Yerevan and Stockholm, explores the ways reality can be tweaked and manipulated in order to suit purposes beyond the public awareness.

The multimedia montage exhibition takes as its starting point the American film Wag the Dog that premiered in 1997 just a month before the Monica Lewinsky scandal hit the mainstream news and presented an uncanny link between fiction and reality.

Wag The Dog tells the story of a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer trying to save the president, who is alleged to have had a sexual affair. In order to steer the public's attention away from the factual events, a war is created in Albania.

The artist, who has spent the winter in residence at the gallery, uses news clips, hyperlinks, texts, photos and video footage to fuse the real with the imaginary and challenges the perception of reality as presented through the lens of mass media.

Azat Sargsyan is the co-founder and artistic director of the Gyumri Biennial that was initiated in 1998 and will open its seventh edition this autumn. He has exhibited at the 1997 Venice Biennial, the 2002 Sao Paulo Biennial, and in 1999 at the After The Wall exhibition at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Recent exhibitions include the Thessaloniki Biennale, the Moscow Biennale and the Cerveria Biennale in Portugal.

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Wip:sthlm [work in progress] is a collaboration between 96 artists based in Årstaberg, Stockholm. Since its inception in 2006 wip:sthlm has developed four core activities: artists’ studios, gallery, artist-in-residence programme and a bookshop.

The Make History for a Pink Future exhibition runs until Saturday March 13th and is the first of a series of events taking place during the spring.

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Your comments about this article

08:53 March 12, 2010 by MyFire
I am looking forward to seeing this exhibition! Its good to know there are ( a few) people out there with open minds and who actually express themselves / ideas / opinions without fear. And without enforcing them on anyone.

Let the veils begin to dissolve!
09:44 March 12, 2010 by johnnyrebel
Amen MyFire...The Local wags the dog with the best of them. The censorship and selective commenting on certain subjects is really boring. It is so easy to go along with the rampaging herd.
15:50 March 13, 2010 by Rolf100
I noticed the multi media used is C-Span or the US Government Channel - Is that not using Pravda for Russian news. Both appear to be run by its government for its own purpose!
16:58 March 14, 2010 by homestead

C-span is not run by the U.S. government. It was created by the major cable companies in the U.S. so that the American people can see what kind of mischief our polticians are creating. C-span primarily allows us to see the speeches and votes in our Congress as they are happening but they also cover just about any major political speach or event. After C-span's creation, many polticians became better actors for the camera but that's not C-span's fault.
22:49 March 18, 2010 by Rolf100

Contact your congressional person and asked who funds and owns C-span! It is 100% funded via tax dollars and managed by a government agency; congressional people can even "schedule" time to speak on it.

As a side note - anyone who runs a network is required to put on C-span; there is no viable business reason to waste band width w/o a mandate.

The news networks rarely run spots from C-span because they know it is manged theater.
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