Søren Dahlgaard

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Søren Dahlgaard, born 1973 in Copenhagen, studied under Phyllida Barlow, Stuart Brisley, Norman Bryson, and Andrew Renton at the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1997–2002). He now lives in Melbourne practising as a research PhD at VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) Melbourne University. His artistic practice often involves playful participation, creative collaboration, and engagement most often ‘infused with a sly humour,’ as Chris Burden has said of his work. The seven-year long photo series Dough Portraits (published by Art/Books, 2015) is an example of a playful participatory and collaborative work, which functioned as a public creative process and photographic image as well. The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show first shown at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 highlighted themes on environmental awareness and climate change by making use of games, performance, and the symbolism of a caravan as a home for climate refugees with a tropical inflatable island placed on the roof, further representing the disappearing island nation of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. The intimate space of the caravan as exhibition space served as a platform for meetings, education, and discussions. The exhibition has since toured to seven countries. In the artistic collaboration The Kaboom Process, artists Søren Dahlgaard and Meir Tati have worked with an expanded practice of action painting, pedagogy, and socially engaged art using surprising and inventive methods in works such as The Kaboom art class with third- grade students in Denmark and Composition no. 8 where mobile walls created temporary public sculptures with neighborhood kids in Holon, Israel.

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