Since the 1990s Berlin-based, Scandinavian artists’ duo Michael Elmgreen (born in Copenhagen/Denmark in 1961) and Ingar Dragset gained an international reputation for their “Powerless Structures”, an ongoing series of installations and performances, in which the space of the exhibition is analyzed in terms of its multi-faceted meanings and functions. Questions regarding the sexual connotations of private and public spheres are at the centre of Emgreen’s and Dragset’s conceptual artistic practice. For “Texte zur Kunst”, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset produced an artists’ edition that forms part of their artistic reflection and curatorial mise-en-scène of the private rooms of collectors at the current 53rd Venice Biennale. In “The Collectors” the Berlin-based duo installed own pieces and those by befriended artists in the fictitious residencies of A. Family and Mr. B at the Danish and Nordic Pavilion in the Giardini to develop a narrative about the relation between art, design, taste and sexual identity in times of crisis. The edition object “Gefundene Identität [Found Identity]”, 2009, consists of a wallet containing personal belongings of an unknown person. Parts of this portable collection are a letter, a photograph, a money bill, a condom and other objects of everyday life. Altogether, they only give a vague hint at the identity of their owner.
For “Texte zur Kunst”, Elmgreen & Dragset have conceived an artists’ edition entitled “Gefundene Identität [Found Identity]”, 2009, that consists of a leather wallet filled with various objects. The work measures 10,5 x 8,0 x 2,0 cm and comes in an edition of 100 + 20 APs. It is signed and numbered on a specially produced membership card.