Solo exhibition by Rikard Fåhraeus
Tengri Umai Gallery (within ARTBAT FEST 4, Almaty)
7 – 18 Sep
Rikard Fahraeus is a contemporary artist from Stockholm, Sweden. After obtaining his degree of Master of Arts in 1999 he worked hard and had many exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. In recent years the main themes of his work are human relations and such concepts as balance, contemporary values, freedom, and exploitation of Earth resources.
Freeworth project by Rikard Fahraeus is a life-altering event. Everything started on March 19, 2013. For a month the artist was reviewing some old art works, some things he bought, and was wondering about the value of all these things. After that, he brought all the stuff he found to the Studio 44 gallery in Stockholm and arranged the Frivärd (Freeworth) exhibition. Within 10 days he was selling and giving away all his property, and without any pressing he proposed the audience to give their own value to everything that they were going to take from the gallery. Every last piece of his clothing was a part of a creative process, the essence of which partly came down to evaluating some certain things.
At the end, on May 27, 2013 on the day of his 45th birthday Rikard was left without a penny in his pocket and any property to possess. People, who were not limited by any borders, usually took away the items for free. This led the artist to reflections on the limits of freedom, and what with it was or was not limited. How freedom was manifested in its space and its context. After that, he resumed his work and got ready for the next step. The definition of freedom became the next and important part of his project.
100 days after the first exhibition Rikard went hitchhiking in order to understand, being free from any schedules and plans, what freedom was, where it began and if it could be absolute. Hitchhiking to the East through Russia and Kazakhstan with just a bag on his shoulder, he got a unique experience of spiritual rebirth, found the boundaries of freedom, saw new faces, ideas, values, and reconsidered some of the basics of art.
Curated by Tatyana Aksyonova