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  • Jul 01, 2022

Inside Burger Collection: Elmgreen & Dragset

Installation view of ELMGREEN & DRAGSET’s What’s Left, 2021, silicone, clothing, wire rope, and balancing pole, dimensions variable, at ’Useless Bodies?" Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2022. Unless otherwise stated, all photos by Andrea Rossetti, courtesy Fondazione Prada.

If anyone should turn humanity’s impending demise into a visual punchline, it should be the task of the artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset—collectively known as Elmgreen & Dragset—who opened one of their most ambitious solo exhibitions to date at the Fondazione Prada in Milan in March. “Useless Bodies?” took a probing and playful look at a wholly existential question: where do we physically fit in a world increasingly mediated through digital and virtual technology? To broach this, they have been given carte blanche over the foundation’s premises, allowing them to flex their well-established prowess in transforming architectural spaces, reconfiguring them into zones as vital to the show as the works themselves (aptly, the foundation’s building was once a distillery). In doing so, Elmgreen & Dragset focus on the manifold relations between art, its surroundings, and the viewer, and, rather than provide answers, elicit and subvert our responses to contemporary issues such as shifting attitudes toward sexuality and gender, consumer culture, and gentrification.

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