Henrik Olesen, Exhibition view, Secession 2004, Photo: Matthias Hermann

Henrik Olesen

February 19 – April 18, 2004

Henrik Olesen’s artworks question the sexually political effects of everyday conventions. Contemporary and historical materials serve as the starting points for this inquiry. These materials include visual and textual representations drawn from the fields of architecture, the history of industrialization, the imposition of legally sanctioned punishment, verdicts handed down by courts of law, the geographic and demographic distribution of capital, the natural sciences, and the history of art. Olesen uses the techniques of appropriation, manipulation or contextual shifting to explore the theme of the stigmatization, criminalization, and repression of homosexuality.


Henrik Olesen, born in Esbjerg (Denmark) in 1967, lives and works in Berlin.