For this project Dahlberg will continue her ongoing work from her series: ‘Gatekeepers’. Through which she explores ideas of inclusion and exclusion within the arts. The work will be shown in the public sphere and expresses a certain kind of critical playfulness, whilst confronting the public simultaneously.
Constant, Framer Framed and Dahlberg focus on two of the four ‘Constanten’, ‘Playfulness’ is fitting to Dahlberg’s practice, as well as ‘Collectivity and Conflict’. The Gatekeepers are the reflection of African traditional sculptures, but also oppose the prevailing norms of “high” culture and the Western dictate of unambiguity and progression.
The sculptures stand on a high pedestal, proud and struggling free from the existing ideology about African cultures and in keeping with Dahlberg’s quest to combine the African visual culture that is considered “mysterious” with a “Western” stereotype. The repairs, or the lack thereof, are clearly visible. That too, is a response to the Western pursuit of manufacturability and perfection.