The gift

2005
Art Space, Sydney
Australia
i.c.w. Jonas Ohlsson

At the residency programme at Artspace in Sydney, Jonas Ohlsson & Jennifer Tee have worked on a show called The Gift. As a starting point they took the book Gift from Marcel Mauss. In this book he describes the phenomenon of gift-cultures, where a ritual between tribes, based on the generosity of giving and accepting, helps to maintain the peace. Ohlsson and Tee loosely combine the art-world, the notion of sacrifice, politics, economics and Australia's history into the room-filling exhibition. They also gave a 'mask-making' workshop, masks made during this workshop are integrated in the show.