Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2012 (a study for Karl's perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist), 2012, courtesy the artist
Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2012 (a study for Karl’s perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist) 2012

Rirkrit Tiravanija, untitled 2012 (a study for Karl’s perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist), USA 2012, 57 min

Often in the work of Rirkrit Tiravanija, what interests the artist is not the art in itself, but the life that unfolds around and out of it. Karl Holmqvist, whose work spans performance, poetry and fine art, is filmed as an example of a single life.

He is the image of an artist that is regenerated through the use of speech and that makes his performance the perfect synthesis of life and art.
Maurizio Bortolotti

An eccentric figure in the contemporary art scene, Holmqvist (born 1964), has attracted the attention of Tiravanija for his artistic work that focuses on reacting to a place, situation or specific area through the creation of books, wallpaper, lamps, video and objects. The modalities of development in his work often suggest the creation of improvised communities formed around the reading of his poems or the staging of his performances.