To initiate its 2018 exhibition cycle, Display is glad to invite the Swedish artist Emelie Carlén to present her installation Deep acting. This body of work is part of a long-term research run by the artist, based on the investigation of desires, in relation to objects and experience, within cultural structures and behaviors.
With its twin installation Surface acting, Deep acting exactly derives from the notion of emotional labor used to describe the deep or superficial integration of inner feelings, adopted in order to adjust oneself with social expectations. Desire, its sources and destinations, are here examined through this looking glass and the prism of the body-object relationship, with its normative models and representations.
Deep acting will enter in dialogue with the installation In-transparency and Opacity by the guest artist Lou Mouw, featured for the occasion. Together, they will adapt to the exhibition space and its architecture; a particularly meaningful playground to discuss further desirable objects and the alignment of emotional fluxes, gestures or behaviors according to expectations in specific social situations.