Henrik Plenge Jakobsen
Stripes and Stripes

Henrik Plenge Jacobsen’s flag Stripes and Stripes waves above Kunsthal Aarhus. The flag was raised at a ceremony in February of 2019, marking the finissage of the exhibition Post Institutional Stress Disorder (PISD). The flag is assembled of the stripes from two copies of the American National Flag Stars & Stripes. Through his artistic practice, Plenge Jacobsen critiques the political, economic and social structure that forms the basis of life in modern, Western society. He creates artworks for and in public spaces, where they can intervene and interfere with reality.

Plenge Jacobsen works with various media and combines sculptural elements with both performance, photography and painting. For the exhibition Post Institutional Stress Disorder, Kunsthal Aarhus displayed a remake of his wall painting Total Institution (2019), which was a part of his solo exhibition at CAN in Neuchatel in 2001 and the new work In Advance (2019): a levitating pitchfork. The artwork is a homage to Marcel Duchamp’s ready-made In Advance of the Broken Arm (1915). In Advance turns an ordinary tool into a deadly weapon and symbol of resistance. Materials: Fabric from two copies of Stars & Stripes