Working Class Hero

In "Working Class Hero" Tomas Lagermand Lundme approaches the theme of the working class. Lundme addresses some of the hidden agendas related to being a child from a working class family, and the traditions and patterns that a child coming from this background, can separate and distances him self from.
09-01-2009 - 15-02-2009
Photography, text, collage
Working Class Hero
Thomas Lagermand Lundme
In the exhibition "Working Class Hero" by Tomas Lagermand Lundme, photography, text and collage are mixed to a strange and intriguing story concerning everyday life, politics, faith, responsibility and morality. Lundme poses questions to the onlooker in his work that both gives cause for reflection and encourages active participation. Lundme demands much of his audience. One must take a stand and have the courage of one's convictions, as only through fighting as one among many, is it possible to overturn what keeps holding you back.
In his exhibition "Working Class Hero" Tomas Lagermand Lundme consistently approaches the theme of the working class. Lundme addresses, among other topics, some of the hidden agendas related to being a child from a working class family, and the traditions and patterns that a child coming from this background, can seperate and distances himself from. On a symbolic level, Tomas Lagermand Lundme encompasses the question of being or not being a "worker", taking as his starting point a child who becomes the black sheep of the working class by moving upwards in a social context. At the same time Lundmes work reflects his own background in the working class; he was born and raised on Amager (an island suburb of Copenhagen) in an environment, where "peace, love and understanding" went hand in hand with larger political agendas - and where PLO and RAF were as relevant as father and mother.

The dreams and ideals of the working class are also addressed in various ways in Lundmes work, in that he actualises a broader popular perception of the working class in the 1970´s as an almost religious platform. At that time, the working class was the fulcrum from which many people, in the name of solidarity, shaped a dialogue and where, under the auspices of the trade unions, their workplace and their everyday life they created a sense of belonging.
Tomas Lagermand Lundme comments on the way the concept of solidarity is used today - is the expression solidarity a concept that the (right wing) Danish Peoples Party have taken the patent out on? One cannot however, for a moment question Lundme's faith in the belief that unity can create new ground for a wider dialogue. But despite the fact that he is occasionally "red", it's more a case of "red, - not dead" coupled with a liberating and affirmative blink of the eye.
Tomas Lagermand Lundme persists in maintaining - whether as a writer, dramatist or visual artist - the right of the individual to create a society, where dreams are not unobtainable states of holiday far in the future.

Tomas Lagermand Lundme (b. 1973) has studied at The Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, from 1996 to 2002 in the department of Professor Ursula Reuter Christiansen. Lundme has collaborated with ceramic artist Lars Christian Rank on the project "You Little Teapot", and with the group Huskegruppen, who curated the exhibition "A Building We Raise" at the Beaver Projects in 2008.

Opening: Friday the 9th of January from 4 to 6 pm.
Artist talk: Saturday the 14th of February at 2 pm.

The Danish Arts Council has generously supported the exhibition.