Submission
Anton Benois

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation at Podium, Oslo, Norway Aug 28 - Sep 6, 2020 Anton Benois - solo show as culmination of Podium Summer Residency programme curated by Ragnhild Aamås, Ayatgali Tuleubek, Lesia Vasylchenko and Ignas Krunglevičius


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Anton Benois, Permanent Vacation, 2020, Installation view
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Anton Benois, Permanent Vacation, 2020, sunbed, beachtowel, rose cremant, crystal glass, communist manifesto, plant, dimensions variable
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Anton Benois, Gis Bort, 2020, Ikea billy shelves, fresh flowers, red paint, 3.15H x .90W
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Anton Benois, Permanent Vacation, 2020, Installation view
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Anton Benois, Anthropocynical, 2020, bathroom pipes, Ingvar Kamprad's biography, synthetic footbal scarf, dimensions variable
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Anton Benois, Anthropocynical, 2020, bathroom pipes, Ingvar Kamprad's biography, synthetic footbal scarf, dimensions variable
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Anton Benois, Jeg Nekter Intet Arbeid, 2020, Doormat, Hermes Bracelet, bathroom pipes, dimensions variable
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Anton Benois, Jeg Nekter Intet Arbeid, 2020, Doormat, Hermes Bracelet, bathroom pipes, dimensions variable
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Anton Benois, Red Curtain, 2020, Shower curtain, bathroom pipes, 1.5W x 2.7H
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Anton Benois, Reattaching my Russian Body: Midlife Crisis, 2020, casting resin, Russian Orthodox gold baptismal cross, gold earring, 13cm x 11cm

‘Permanent Vacation’ features a series of
installation works where global systems and
present pasts materialize in objects of daily
use. These comfort commodities speak in
intellectually ambivalent voices, with conviction.
They don’t speak the same language; the shower
curtain doesn’t understand the doormat; the
scarf is too clever for the radical beach towel.
This merchandise for the end of the world is the
product of cultural mutation, substantive debris
of digital production. When contemporaneity’s
fragments shower down, protection is offered
beneath a pile of material choice.

Anton Benois (b.1979, Moscow) lives
and works in Oslo. He graduated from
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim (MFA) in 2019.
Past group and collaborative exhibitions
include Statens Kunstutstilling Høstutstillingen,
Trøndelagsutstillingen, Trondheim
Kunstmuseum, First Draft Gallery (Sydney, AU),
Kudos Gallery (Sydney, AU), Tetem Kunstruimte
(Enschede, NL). He has upcoming solo shows at
Babel Visningsrom (Trondheim) and Telemark
Kunstsenter (Skien) in 2021.