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The exhibition Public Luxury now showing at Swedish Institute in Paris. Photo: Vinciane Lebrun / Voyez-Vous

Public Luxury now showing in Paris

A smaller version of ArkDes’s success exhibition Public Luxury is showing at the Swedish Institute in Paris until 9 June. The exhibition features works that illuminate the paradoxes, conflicts and opportunities surrounding public space – and tell something about how we live in cities today.

Public Luxury uses architecture and design as tools to arouse discussions about – and help find solutions to – many of the challenges facing modern society today.

“We are so excited to see a capsule version of Public Luxury opening with our friends at the Swedish Institute in Paris. The original exhibition at ArkDes was focussed on Sweden, but the dynamics driving the conflicts and problems in cities here are shared throughout Europe: migration, new political tensions, populism, the internet and the demand from members of the public to see themselves in where they live. Design and architecture are, at their core, disciplines that help to create the structures and relationships necessary for us all to be better citizens. Public Luxury is full of examples of the challenges, and some possible ways forward,” says Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes.

The works shown at the Swedish Institute explore serious challenges related to issues of accessibility and exclusion, but also how art can be used to create more benevolent environments, such as how new arrivals from Syria transform their homes into public spaces, and instead being guests in their new homeland, they become hosts.

“As soon as we visited the exhibition Public Luxury at ArkDes in Stockholm, we felt it would work perfectly for the discussion we want to have with a French audience: about who gets to participate and shape our shared public spaces. The key objects in the exhibition in Paris encourage further discussion and interactions with the audience. We’re pleased about our collaboration with ArkDes, and we hope it can continue for several years,” says Ewa Kumlin, Director of the Swedish Institute in Paris.

The exhibition features the work of: Rebecka Bebben Andersson, Björn Dahlström, GIL – Gothenburg’s Cooperative for Independent Living, Hilda Hellström, Sandi Hilal & Ana Naomi de Sousa, Åsa Jungnelius, &Rundquist Arkitekter, Uglycute and Clara von Zweigbergk.

Public Luxury is curated by Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes, Daniel Golling, Curator, and Marie-Louise Richards, Assistant Curator.

The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12.00–18.00. Free admission.

Swedish Institute Paris
11 rue Payenne
75003 Paris
Phone: 01 44 78 80 20

Public Luxury at ArkDes (1 June 2018–13 January 2019)