Dan Graham in conversation at Galeria Municipal do Porto
4 December 2019
Two film works by Dan Graham are presented in the exhibition '9kg do Oxigénio' at Galeria Municipal do Porto in Portugal. Curated by artist-run space Uma Certa Falta de Coerência, the exhibition features 18 artists whose works explore the notion of corporate public spaces, interaction and individuality, and notions surrounding taste and professionalism. Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (1986-05) (2005) and Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 (2004) provide a corollary to Graham's own prodigious writings and projects on the public spaces of corporate capitalism.
Produced by Graham at the Banff Centre in Canada, Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall draws on nearly twenty years' worth of footage shot in the bizarre yet familiar arena of the shopping mall. The resulting work provides a coldly beautiful view of mall culture: its architecture, its consumer public and its unique aesthetic world. Don't Trust Anyone Over 30 is a satiric entertainment continuing Graham's cultural analysis of the 1960s, originally conceived to be staged as a puppet show.
As part of the exhibition's opening programme, Dan Graham will be in conversation with Pedro de Llano at 6pm on Sunday 8 December, to discuss art, architecture, music and friendships. The talk will take place at the Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett.
'9kg do Oxigénio' is on view until 16 February 2020. Find more information here.
Image: Still from Dan Graham's Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall (2005) © Dan Graham