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Nanna Abell, Rosa Aiello, Benedikte Bjerre, Karoline Dausien, Adam Fearon, Freja Sofia Kirk, Hannah Levy and Lina Selander.
SOFT COSTS is the first institutional exhibition of the on-going exhibition series “Money Over World” – a project by the artist Benedikte Bjerre & Cultural Avenue. The exhibition is organized by Benedikte Bjerre and includes works by, Nanna Abell, Rosa Aiello, Benedikte Bjerre, Karoline Dausien, Adam Fearon, Freja Sofia Kirk, Hannah Levy and Lina Selander.
Combining works by these eight international artists, whose practice differs in form and media, SOFT COSTS addresses certain aspects that can be closely linked to “Money over World”, which takes its inspiration from the widely known German real-estate scam of S&K Immobilien.
Borrowing its title from the construction industry where ‘soft costs’ describe an expense item that is not considered direct construction cost but include costs such as architectural, engineering, financing, legal fees, and other pre- and post-construction expenses that are inevitable to the completion of a construction project, the works exhibited depict the themes and systems that remain behind the scene of the fraud case, while at the same time making up an integral part of its bigger picture. The focus here, lies in socio-economic elements of the case at hand as well as the behaviour and lifestyle that come along with a growth of wealth, power and the simultaneously increasing greed thereof. Throughout the exhibition a common interest of the artists in social systems and structures, the bodily movement and experience in the exhibition space as well as the aesthetic form and surface of an object is present. Relating this to the S&K affairs presents a focus on the body cult, lifestyle and excessive way of living the two men behind S&K are often associated with. Besides their prominence of betraying investors by roughly 300 Million Euros, the heads of the company were widely known for their extravagant parties and expensive taste – parties with Elephants and Zebras, fast cars and helicopters were part of the daily routine. In the end however, the illusion didn´t hold and criminal activities appeared underneath a glossy, shiny surface.