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2018 March 22, 2018

Why Is Everything A Rag: Jockum Nordström at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC)

The Sunday Orchestra, Jockum Nordström

Two titles by Jockum Nordström will be screened as part of the exhibition Why Is Everything A Rag at Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC). The exhibition is curated by: Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC.

Titles distributed by Filmform


The Sunday Orchestra

Jockum Nordström

1994, 00:05:39


I sin ensamhet

Jockum Nordström

1998, 00:09:30

Why Is Everything A Rag is the first solo museum exhibition of the Stockholm-based artist Jockum Nordström in the United States.

Children’s books, jazz and blues vinyl covers, collages, drawings, paintings, and paper sculptures collected from the start of his career through today figure in a practice animated by and built of visual vernacular. Inhabiting liminal spaces heralded as much by surrealism as by folk traditions, Nordström looks to the cultural, psychological, and physical margins of society. Positioning his audience as voyeurs—into derelict buildings, soundscapes, and private lives—Nordström explores the conditions of “outsider” to develop an oeuvre of outlines—physical perimeters, cut-outs and scraps—creative edges of civilization.

Why Is Everything A Rag brings Nordström—for the first time—to New Orleans, the city that has shaped his artistic imagination since the early ‘90s and to the home of the music he makes as a member of the band, Joakim Åhlund & Jockum Nordström. Why Is Everything A Rag is a demonstration of a practice guided by improvisational logic, an unremitting tempo, and perpetual discovery through space-time delimited by ungoverned borders.

The CAC is proud to release its first musical album in conjunction with this exhibition. Why Is Everything A Rag shares its name with the exhibition and will be the third release by Joakim Åhlund & Jockum Nordström. The album will be produced by New Orleans-based producer, Christoph Andersson.

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