Main Building

Every Body Counts

Excerpt from the catalog text of Morten E. Petteresen, Chairman of the Board at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium:

“The title of the exhibition, “Every Body Counts”, hihlights two important themes: The human body in art, and the question of who art is for. The human body has been one of the important and radical themes of art. It exposes that which is taboo, undermines our pride and uncovers abuse of power and exploitation. (…) The other theme of this years exhibition is the question of who art speaks to.


At Vestfossen we believe that everyone is capable of appreciating and of being touched by art, and that there is no reason for art to be the exclusive realm of artists and art experts. We will only succeed in bringing contemporary art to the people (and of bringing the people to contemporary art) if we project the right image on ourselves and put on the right exhibitions. At Vestfossen we try to come across as open and informal, whilst presenting a wide range of artistic styles. We hope that everyone will be able to find something to inspire, surprise and perhaps even provoke him or her. At Vestfossen all reactions and all visitors are equally valued.”


Artists: Andrés Serrano, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nicole Eisenman, Jemima Brown, Alexandra Kucharska, Emil Holmer, Kjell Erik Killi Olsen, Roman Signer, Jani Hänninen, Bjarne Melgaard, Tom Sandberg, Ryszard Warsinski, Anders A, Bjørn Bjarre, Heli Rekula, Marika Orenius, Per Wisén, Peter Ern, Eva Marklund, Eivind Blaker, Ryan Trecartin & Lizzy Fitch, Kim Simonsson, A K Dolven, Sigalit Landau, Anna Nordenskiöld, Dearraindrop, Thaddeus Strode, Magnus Wallin, Jyrki Reikki, Hanneline Røgeberg, Endre Tveitan, Charlotte Thiis-Evensen, Lena Cronquist, Luis Vidal, Leif Holmstrand, Patrick Goddard, Ulf Rahmberg, Erik Parker, Christian Lemmerz, Jiri Geller, Arif Osakca, Ilkka Halso, Fine Art Union, Kelley Walker, Kati Heck, Linn Fernström, Jes Brinch, Mikael Kvium, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nathalie Djurberg, Peter Johansson & Barbro Westling and Virgine Barré.