The Swedish artist Marcus Hansson views the world through the torrent of news reports, incorporating news images from the BBC and Al Jazeera into his artworks. In this “souvenir shop” everything is for sale at an affordable price.
Hansson’s works occupy the terrain between documentary, fiction and art. Anything or anyone captured from the news stream could become material for his work.
Hansson photographs this material from TV transmissions while on his own sofa at home. From the stream of news our gaze turns to production and commercialism. Hansson has had paintings made of his photographs in Shen Zhen, China. There, in the oil-painting village of Dafen, hundreds of painters mostly work hand copying the masterpieces of painting. Hansson first found the village on YouTube.
Viewers can order a painting to be commissioned based on one of the photographs in the set of works on display. Everything in the exhibition is also for sale.