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Will Benedict
Corruption Feeds

Published on the occasion of the first major institutional show by American artist Will Benedict, held at the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, 31 October–14 December 2014, this heavy, visually-encompassing volume documents this exhibition along with many exhibits across the last few years. All designed by Will and Theodoros Gennitsakis, edited by Martin Clark and Steiner Sekkingstad.

Corruption Feeds is Will Benedict’s largest and most ambitious exhibition to date. It demonstrates the full breadth of his practice as an artist, curator and, most recently, filmmaker. Dividing the galleries at Bergen Kunsthall into a solo exhibition and a curated group show, his own works are brought into dialogue with an eclectic selection of found visual material, as well as works by a number of artists invited by Benedict, including Wolfgang Breuer, Clegg & Guttmann, Howard Finster, Gaylen Gerber,Tom Humphrey, Inventory, Fredrik Kolstø, David Leonard, Michele Di Menna, Pentti Monkkonen, Puppies Puppies, Lin May Saeed, Lucie Stahl, Anders Svarstad, Sergei Tcherepnin, Paul Theriault and Karl Uchermann.

Across the various different aspects of the exhibition, Benedict addresses themes of global distribution, agriculture, marketing and trade. The group section of the exhibition includes a new video, commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall and made by Benedict in collaboration with the artist and journalist David Leonard. Shot in various locations in France, Norway, India and the USA, it explores the transnational politics of food distribution through reportage, interviews and analysis, with various protagonists featuring a talking dolphin, giant rats and human rain. Other works in this section of the show further develop these ideas, and go on to address the marketing and advertising languages of the last three decades, revealing the symbiotic, or perhaps cannibalistic, relationship between contemporary art and commercial design and advertising—a space which Benedict’s own work frequently inhabits and explores.

Will Benedict (b. 1978) lives and works in Paris.

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Flaca / Tom Humphreys

Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Sophie von Olfers
Contributions by Thomas Bayrle, Christian Egger, Nikolaus Hirsch, Sophie von Olfers

Will Benedict, Michael Beutler, Karla Black, Henning Bohl, Jana Euler, Ellen Gronemeyer, Claire Hooper, Tom Humphreys, Paul Lee, Laure Prouvost, Nora Schultz, Lucie Stahl, Sue Tompkins, Alexander Wolff, Sergej Jensen…
Emerging from the eponymous exhibition at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, Flaca / Tom Humphreys reflects on the London exhibition space, Flaca, that Tom Humphreys organized between 2003 and 2007. Humphreys developed an exhibition that made no pretense to offer an illustrative or historically accurate representation of his activities at the time, instead turning the space into a distorted double set in the present. Humphreys is interested in questioning the activities of that time; some of the artists he invited for this exhibition, for instance, never showed at Flaca. As Christian Egger writes in the catalogue: “Exhibiting there often meant that you could look with a fresh eye at the first solo shows in London of artists you’d only just seen at Flaca, and that was all really quite exciting, as though you were experiencing a little bit of what the mobile phone you’d brought along had gone through when you first scared it by charging it with island juice, there was somehow a different energy—a flirtation with malfunction.” The catalogue compliments the energetic, engaged style embodied by both Flaca and the reflective exhibition.

Co-published with Portikus
Design by Manuel Raeder

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