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eli eli

Oceanic Feelings

Swedish choreographer and multi-artist Eli Eli is the next rising talent to exhibit their work as part of Fotografiska’s Emerging Artist initiative. Oceanic Feelings opens on May 9 with projections and textile works.

“Eli Eli’s exhibition is frightening, beautiful, playful, and solemn all at once,” Lisa Hydén, Director of Exhibitions.

person laying down in grass in a water suit
genom magma 4. foto tuva björk, i dräkten eli © eli eli

Oceanic Feelings consists of works from two of Eli Eli’s series, The Watersuit and Human Anatomy. While visitors step into a playful room, the focus is on a serious topic: the impact of the climate crisis on the oceans. Eli Eli studied choreography in Amsterdam and has exhibited in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. They have also been artistically active in several other countries and are known for their conceptional and multidisciplinary artwork that often sparks discussions and piques the imagination.

"dissolving of the ego"

”The exhibition title Oceanic Feelings refers to a philosophical concept about the dissolving of the ego and a sense of belonging to something greater. While this interconnectedness entails responsibility, it is also amazing to image yourself as part of a constellation in an increasingly self-centered and isolated West,” says Eli Eli.

The exhibition has six projections, a textile installation, and an enormous pillow created in collaboration with students from Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

person in a water suit lying down in grass
genom magma 9. foto tuva björk, i dräkten brittanie brown © eli eli

"physical and enchanting experience"

“Experiencing Eli Eli’s exhibition is a physical and enchanting experience that alternates between frightening, beautiful, playful, and solemn all at once. We step into a state between worlds, where we can reflect on some of our planet’s most pressing questions,” says Lisa Hydén, Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska Stockholm.

With the Emerging Artists initiative, Fotografiska wants to provide a platform for young, promising photographers based in Sweden who use unique imagery to show us their everyday lives.An exhibition hall has been devoted to Emerging Artists since spring 2023. The goal is to join forces to create a local and inspiring art scene.The exhibition Oceanic Feelings will be at Fotografiska from May 9 to August 18, 2024.