LARS LAUMANN - TEXTS
This publication is distributed on the occasion of the exhibition Kompendium, featuring the works of Norwegian artist Lars Laumann. The publication contains a digital, collected text material from the artist’s oeuvre, such as dialogue, voice-over and written story lines, offering yet another panorama and the possibility of reading whilst seeing the works.
Kompendium, presented at Kunstnernes Hus 27/11 2015 - 14/2 2016, is the artist’s largest presentation to this day, featuring a selection of video works from 2006 until today.
In this exhibition, the world of Lars Laumann takes place and manifests itself through narrative, artistic and cinematic methods. By filming, editing, and juxtaposing a mix of appropriated materials and subjectively experienced narratives, Lars Laumann creates virtuoso, intricate film collages that feature an extensive cast of characters. His collaborations with artists, filmmakers, and musicians has a clear influence on the final result. The artist seeks inspiration from the margins of pop culture and explores people and phenomena on the outskirts of society. With a global perspective on both pop cultural icons and contemporary political events, Laumann sheds light on the more complex forces of our society. Several of Laumann’s earlier works have dealt with themes such as obsession, sexuality, and marginalized existence. His most recent film, premiered at Kunstnernes Hus, Season of Migration to the North (2015), explores these topics as well, even as it is linked to today’s urgent issues of mass migration, refugee policies, and LGBT-rights.