We embark on the New Year with the artist group and exhibition space YEARS, who are relocating to Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art with the exhibition I don’t want to live, I don’t want to die. YEARS was founded in 2012 by artists
Søren Aagaard, Ditte Boen Soria, Steffen Jørgensen, Anna Margrethe Pedersen and Merete Vyff Slyngborg.
With an underlying self-irony and wry, theatrical sense of humour they scrutinise thinking on the role of the artist and the autonomy, role and history of art itself. ”What am I doing? Is it justifiable to even deal with the self as a thing right now? And why does this heavy pessimism come out of the beautiful?” asks ”The Pathetic Artist”, one of the many talking characters, taking part in the exhibition. ”Odo” aka ”Shapeshifter”, another recurring character, an alien who is wondering about and attract by humanity and it’s arts and asks himself: ”Is it even possible to not be alien to one another?” On the basis of their shared experience of increasing demands on artists to have an opinion and political standpoint, YEARS set out to add balance and nuance to the discussion – on art’s own terms.
The exhibition I don’t want to live, I don’t want to die takes the form of a razor-sharp, big scale installation, with sound as one of the main components. The overall installational structure is a collective endeavour, and the work itself and its dissemination appear to merge in a relationship of mutual interdependence that is characteristic of YEARS’ unique approach to artistic production.