Akay & Olabo have a history of setting up illicit installations and various other creative vandalisms in public places. Their recent collaboration has taken them out of those traditional urban spaces and into off-limit areas; condemned warehouses, empty office buildings, decommissioned timber yards, and the like.
They’ve gained access and had keys made to half a dozen abandoned properties around Stockholm. They’ve gone into places where teargas still lingers from police practice drills, where water leaks have transformed rooms into blue-green mold marshes, or where they find a perfectly preserved office environment from the eighties. Most of the time, they end up finding themselves inside an undramatic industrial building where it simply looks like everyone left one day and forgot to lock the door. For the past few years, they’ve been able to practice their finders keepers philosophy and combine their shared interests in long bike rides and unlawful entry in order to produce very particular works which often go unseen by anyone other than the copper thieves, squatters or demolition men who also frequent these places. The work exists as documentation, but the artistry lies in the process. Akay & Olabo have made a sport out of scavenging and a lifestyle out of trespassing.
WONDERLAND is a playful attempt to recreate the experience Akay & Olabo have when they make their way inside a new place, to enjoy the delights of getting in and challenges of remaining undetected. All the materials used to build the pieces in this museum have been relocated from derelict industrial buildings, repurposed from discarded construction materials, or recycled from city dumps. Many of the pieces draw attention to the aesthetics of surveillance objects and the elegance of locking mechanisms, all of them encourage exploration of a space.
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