The title of Janne Malmros' exhibition means feast or banquet in Greek.

at MOCA London

The title of Janne Malmros’ exhibition is Pandesia/Πανδαισία, which means feast or banquet in Greek. Metaphorically it speaks of a rich aesthetic experience and enjoyment. Malmros presents a selection of works, corresponding to her continuous investigation into various materials. All her works are informed by research and a strong interest in botany, the environment, entomology, geometry, history, folklore and pattern. She will exhibit textile works, bronze ginkgo leaves and works using paper.

From a distance, Wallflower looks like it is moth-eaten, or a torn T-shirt hung against a growing flower pattern on the wall. Set at MOCA, the piece evokes a sense of time and memory. Upon closer inspection, we realise the flower patterns on the walls are carefully cut from the T-shirt. The piece is a gentle architectural intervention that draws our attention to details of the room; the old wooden floorboards, the alcoves and books. The “second skin” we wear daily, or on special occasions, has become part of the walls. Spaces hold memories as does clothing. In many of Malmros' works, as in unfold (part of the Nature Morte exhibition), she cuts out patterns from upholstery or clothing to form new creations. In a way, the works are in a constant state of change, as they become part of the reading of the gallery spaces. Memory, form, and materials are changing, and the repetition of patterns and materials evokes a sense of temporality.

It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality—Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

There is a playfulness in Malmros' works. She pays attention to discreet objects from the everyday surrounding and uncomplicated mass-produced products. Moreover, she often uses paper in her work, folding it to create a 3D sculptural form out of the paper’s inherent flatness. In Scorched, large scale versions of the ten of clubs playing card have been laser cut on cardboard, bent and then placed in two box frames. The objects are abstracted and only the clubs tell which suits it is. In Burnham Wood, she works with the playing cards by carefully cutting parts of the clubs and raising them in the air. Casting shadows they conjure a sense of barren land akin to copses of trees. As with most of Malmros’ works she plays with symbolism. Clubs in cards have a string of symbolism attached to them, they are meant to represent the epitome of the element of earth, summer, youth, health, fire, sexuality and death.

Malmros’ use of repetition, small details, and alterations make us see the value in the things around us, as well as intertwining our physical presence with nature, materials and time.

MOCA London

Opening Times
9 April - 5 May 2018
Thursday to Friday, 2-6pm
Saturdays, 12-4pm

MOCA London
Museum of Contemporary Art, 113 Bellenden Road,
SE15 4QY