The Politics of This Time
by Trine Friis Sørensen
This Time It’s Political was the title of a solo exhibition by Swedish artist Kajsa Dahlberg at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Denmark in 2013. By calling attention to this time, the exhibition implies that something has preceded it; there has been a before, and in effect a temporality is instated. There is, it would seem, a certain repetition at work, but this repetition is not identical with its former occurrence—it is only this time that it is political. In my paper, I conduct readings of two of the exhibition’s artworks, “Fifty Minutes in Half an Hour” and “A Room of One’s Own / A Thousand Libraries,” and while the subject matter of both these artworks are of a political nature, I will argue how they become political this time through their gestures of iteration.
Trine Friis Sørensen is a curator and an independent researcher. She received her PhD from the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2015 with the practice-based thesis We Can (Not) Work It Out: A Curatorial Inquiry into the Danish Radio Archive. Working as a curator both independently and with institutions for 10 years, she has curated a number of exhibitions, and her research interests include curating, contemporary art and practice-based research.