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Goldin+Senneby: Starfish and Citrus Thorn

Starfish and Citrus Thorn (Immunity of the church / pretext of the immunity of a church), Goldin+Senneby, 2021. Tissue dye on Roman law (Carmine, indigo and picric acid on Codex Theodosianus, 1665 edition). Courtesy of the artists and Nome Gallery, Berlin.

Artist Talk: Goldin+Senneby

With the piercing of a citrus thorn into a starfish larvae in 1882, zoologist Elie Metchnikoff simultaneously pushed the legal concept of immunity into biology, introducing a violent new metaphor for imagining how living organisms co-exist in this world.

In this artist talk, Goldin+Senneby revisit this meeting of the starfish and the citrus thorn from the perspective of living with an autoimmune condition and a growing discomfort with the very language which frames such a condition. A sense that the metaphors themselves are a thorn in the side.

Goldin+Senneby is a Stockholm-based artist subject. Since 2004 their work has explored the structural correspondence between conceptual art and finance capital, drawn to its (il)logical conclusions. Recent works include a ghostwritten detective novel about an offshore company on the Bahamas (2007-2015), a magic trick for the financial markets (2016) and a proposal for an eternal employment at a train station (2026-). Currently their practice is mutating: Drawing on bodily experiences of an autoimmune disease, they are staging a fiction with an ”autoimmune tree” as the main protagonist.