Jon Vogt Engeland


In a time when work is getting more and more precarious, underpaid for some and overpaid for others, meaningless, unjust, stressful, alienating, and soon non-existent as a result of automation, Jon Vogt Engeland transforms Podium into Oslo Håndvaskeri.

The public is asked to either book an appointment, thus subjecting themselves as customers of Oslo Håndvaskeri, or pay a visit as conventional exhibition viewers. The display will also include new wall-based textile works by Jon Vogt Engeland.

Yet Oslo Håndvaskeri is not a form of therapeutic escapism from life defined by meager material conditions of labour. Getting back in touch with one’s own hands is a proposal for stimulating a reflection-in-doing over labour, that will, perhaps, be fruitful in terms of achieving new perspectives in relation to it and bringing strategies for solving its hardships, be they individual or collective.

Jon Vogt Engeland (b. 1987), is an Oslo based artist, the transformation is a result of his long-term research into contemporary conditions of labour. He graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2015, and a BFA from Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, in 2013.