Is physical fitness – regardless of background, income and age – an individual responsibility or a social issue? In her first major solo exhibition, Naja Maria Lundstrøm turns Overgaden into a gym and in a series of new video works highlights the issue of free will and of social inequality in current health debates.
The art of Naja Maria Lundstrøm is based on a satirical and confrontational approach to the sore points of our contemporary social debates and conventions. Her works often balance on the boundary between fiction and reality, with the artist herself – or a persona she assumes – centre stage.
In the exhibition Well It’s Not Going to Lift Itself the artist transforms the upper floor O—Overgaden into a gym for the popular training programme crossfit. Fully equipped with kettlebells, medicine balls, crossfit hammers and tractor tyres, the room provides a framework for a series of videos. Here the artist, with varying degrees of empathy, attempts to motivate the viewer to get in shape, taking different roles in relationship to the individual’s responsibility for his or her own life.