Artor Jesus Inkerö
Full HD video, sound, color; 18:22 min
Courtesy the artist
“Screens Series Online: Artor Jesus Inkerö” continues the New Museum’s Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of new video works by emerging contemporary artists. While we are closed to the public, we’re pleased to present BUBBLE (2017), originally screened as part of “Screens Series: Artor Jesus Inkerö,” which was on view at the New Museum from April 18–June 10, 2018.
Artor Jesus Inkerö’s large-scale photographs, videos, and performances are part of what the artist terms a “holistic bodily project”: a series of rigorous, evolving self-transformations that transgress boundaries between Inkerö’s art and life. Through bodybuilding, dieting, supplements, dress, posture, and digital post-production, Inkerö (who uses the pronoun “they”) manipulates the material, external qualities of the self to consider how it might be projected into the world. Online and at the gym, they are immersed in bodybuilding subcultures and their attendant languages, behaviors, and perceptions.
In Inkerö’s work, BUBBLE (2017), the artist inhabits a constructed world, adopting movements and gestures to project the most generic vision of contemporary masculinity and first-world comfort. Inkerö’s works examine the comfort we seek through identification with others and through the stability of generic forms and predictable behaviors. Their work joins the world of appearances with the personal project of self-fashioning, and highlights the conflation of self and other as an omnipresent mode of control in late capitalist society. In short, Inkerö’s videos explore the choices we make—and the limitations we encounter—in order to identify with or feel connected to those around us.
Artor Jesus Inkerö (b. 1989, Helsinki, Finland) is an artist who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They have upcoming solo exhibitions at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and the Finnish Cultural Institute, London (2020). Past solo exhibitions include Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2019); Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2019); National Museum Of Finland, Helsinki (2019); Kohta Kunsthalle, Helsinki (2019); Regelbau 411, Thyholm, Denmark (2019); Finlandsinstitutets galleri, Stockholm (2018); and Alkovi, Helsinki (2018). They have screened their works at international film festivals including New Holland Island International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia (2019), L'Œil d'Oodaaq Film Festival, Rennes, Brittany (2019); and VAFT Video Art Festival Turku, Finland (2019).
“Screens series: Artor Jesus Inkerö” was curated by Helga Christoffersen, former Associate Curator.