Henrik Olesen

Untitled, 2010


Double–sided screenprint
48 x 33 cm
Edition of 50

To help support our organisation during this period, we have released a special selection of previously sold out editions from the House of Voltaire archive. With exclusive works from a number of international artists, this is the final time that these editions will be available to purchase. Studio Voltaire is a registered arts and education charity with all sales directly supporting our exhibition, learning and studio programmes.




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This edition was produced to coincide with Studio Voltaire's Presents: Mr Knife and Mrs Fork, Henrik Olesen's exhibition at the gallery in 2010. The commission questions the politics of sexuality through architectural interventions, sculptures and collages. Of particular importance is his interest in social minorities and related problems such as ostracism, stigmatisation and criminalisation. The formal theoretical vocabulary of his work looks from art historical references to the reduced aesthetic of minimal and conceptual art.

About the artist

The artistic practice of Henrik Olesen (1967, Esbjerg, Denmark) explores, with a conceptually rigorous approach, the structures of power relations and systems of knowledge, revealing some of their inherent logics, those which contribute to social and political regularisation.

Olesen employs cheap, everyday materials to make collages, posters, texts, sculptures, installations and architectural interventions which critically examine contemporary culture and socially disseminated normalisations, thereby questioning quotidian conventions in family structures, the construction of identities and their historiography, the media, legal discourses, art history, and other sources.   

His work and projects have been the subject of exhibitions in institutions such as Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Reina Sofía, Madrid, and New York’s MoMA, among others, and he has participated in the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016), Manifesta 10 (2014) and the Istanbul Biennial (2011).

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.