The Encounter of Bodies (2017)

In this show we, the curators of Woodpecker Projects are, through a selection of artworks, testing ideas of power relations and hierarchical positions using perspectives on body and language found in the exhibited artworks. The Encounter of Bodies is a show but very importantly it exists alongside a published fictive script by Stine Marie Jacobsen to be found in the exhibition space. The script is written in reference to the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where a main character pretends to be mentally ill and lets himself be admitted to a mental hospital to avoid a prison sentence and community service. Upon arriving at the mental hospital, the character finds the ward run by a strict nurse, who instead of helping the patients in their recovery actually suppresses their mental health.



Similarly, in the book, the curated artworks are in group therapy sessions led by the curators of Woodpecker Projects. We follow their discussions and self-explanations in a “behind the scene” movie set, in an art museum-cum-mental institution. Here the artworks come alive within the exhibition at Ystad Konstmuseum. The artworks think they have been summoned to the museum to discuss and decide on the exhibitions format, but what the artworks don’t know is that they have been placed in psychological care and are now being investigated by the strict curators for their “sensitivities” and eccentricities. By providing the artworks with a voice, the catalogue text uncovers the ‘inner’ principles in play in each artwork.



As you read this now you will find revealed our interest in power relations not only between the artworks but within our own position as well. Oftentimes we see artworks curbed to fit into curators’ manifests – precisely like patients in a ward run by a strict nurse who ignores details and sensitivities. Art is more than that. In fact, society is crazy and art is the voice of sanity.



Maiken Bent (DK)

Ester Martin Bergsmark (SE)

Lea Guldditte Hestelund (DK)

Preben Holst (NO)

Stine Marie Jacobsen (DK)

Åsa Jungnelius (SE)

Hanna Sjöstrand (SE)

Samaneh Reyhani (IR)

Viktor Rosdahl (SE)


The show opened on Sep 23, 2017 where we also released our catalogue made in collaboration with artist Stine Marie Jacobsen, designer Joakim Olsson and photographer Jeppe Sørensen. Press dropbox here.



Ystad Konstmuseum
S:t Knuts Torg
271 80 Ystad, Sweden



Tue- Fri: 12.00-17.00   Sat-Sun: 12.00-16.00


Supported by Region Skåne, Ystad Konstmuseum and Sveriges Konstföreningar




Detail of the installation "Self-portrait as Discobolus" by Lea Guldditte Hestelund