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Swetlana Heger & Plamen Dejanov

On several occasions Swetlana Heger and Plamen Dejanov have "exhibited" an empty space where companies could rent advertising space. In this way they have turned around the selection processes that traditionally apply in the art world . The rules of the market that, of course, also apply within the art system although mostly from the gallerist's side become an important part of the work itself. Earlier this year at the Kunstverein in Munich Heger and Dejanov installed a complete BMW showroom, filled with brochures and other advertising information. A project in the objet trouvé tradition but where the original function remained intact even in the new context. It becomes necessary to revise Ad Reinhardt's statement that "art is art and everything else is everything else": art can be art but it can also be something else, and in addition something much more desirable. Heger's and Dejanov's project at Y1 also focuses on the high status German car. Heger and Dejanov will be in Stockholm during the entire exhibition period and the exhibition will change during this time. A process which is perhaps not so unlike the constant fluctuations of the market.

Jeremy Deller & Karl Holmqvist (UK/Swe): "Now it is Allowable"

Jeremy Deller and Karl Holmqvist are showing the result of a collaboration that evolves around the Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) that was shown earlier this year at the venerable Swedenborg Association in London. The Englishman Deller, who has, among other things, designed a t-shirt for Agnès B., in 1997 he organised the well-received exhibition "The Uses of Literacy", in which the pop group Manic Street Preachers and their fans were the main focus. The artist and Swedenborg fanatic Karl Holmqvist had his last exhibition at Y1 in the spring of 1996, and now he and Deller are exploring the relationship between dreams and reality: "Making art nowadays is really nice, all you have to do is sleep all day, and all night, and then everything is all ready just as it should be..."

Ann-Sofie Back (Swe): "Autumn 99"

Eighteen months ago Ann-Sofie Back received a Masters degree in Women's Wear >from St. Martin's College of Arts in London. At the moment her clothes are not available in Sweden. They can be bought at The Pineal Eye in London and the Purple Institute in Tokyo. At Y1 she is exhibiting clothes from her third collection under her own name. When the collection was shown in its entirety in London at the ICA this spring it was described by the press as "home-made avant-garde" and "democratic avant-garde". According to Ann-Sofie Back the clothes are "aspirational" - the garments aspire to something more than they are, they want to be first-rate but one sees immediately that they are bad quality.

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