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Aex Valijani

Warmly welcome to the exhibition of Aex Valijani at Galleri Mejan, the Royal Institute of Art’s student gallery.

Opening hours:
Mon–Fri 12.00–18.00
Sat–Sun 12.00–17.00

Exhibition: 10/3–19/3. Vernissage Friday 10 March: 17.00–21.00.

Aex Valijani
My lover, whom I’m watching from afar,

Lately, I have been thinking about the ’90s hardcore and sXe (straight edge) scene of my hometown, Umeå. What drove a whole generation of kids to create forms-of-life in a small town in northern Sweden? This psychogeographical question is the starting point for the exhibition My lover, whom I’m watching from afar,.

The exhibition focuses on the spatiotemporal matrix of a video rental store pivotal to my childhood and its basement, where the shape of punk came into existence. At nights, the store redefined itself, more by ambience than function; distortion bleeding from kids making music, or—which is to say the same—a semiotic parasite eating the body of the machinic center of libidinal engineering and spitting it out anew.