Sofia Hultén, Ok Ok Ok Ok Ok, 2019, mixed media, 80 3⁄4 × 48 3⁄8 × 48 7⁄8".

Sofia Hultén, Ok Ok Ok Ok Ok, 2019, mixed media, 80 3⁄4 × 48 3⁄8 × 48 7⁄8".

Sofia Hultén

Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm

Sofia Hultén’s work oscillates between a critical tradition and the desire for a new cult in the current state of political hopelessness. In the tradition of Walter Benjamin’s ragpicker, she works with found objects and everyday observations in the urban environment, exploring parallel movements and states of mind. The title of her recent exhibition, “Undead, undead,” echoed a refrain from the 1979 single “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” by the post-punk group Bauhaus. Undead, undead (all works cited, 2019) was also the name of two polished-steel excavator teeth, hanging from the wall, looking like gods of an alt-religion of industrialization.

A few years ago, Hultén zipped together her own jeans with a pair found on the street to produce the poetic work In the Genes, 2014. For this exhibition, she found another pair of jeans on a street in Berlin (where she lives), but this time she made a sculpture

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