Akay and Olabo: where the streets meet the gallery

Fringe Critic

Wonderland, Akay and Olabo, Mima, Jan 26-April 22 

Pablo Picasso once said ‘learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist’, and Mima’s latest exhibition certainly continues artistic traditions of rule breaking and rebellion as Swedish artists and urban explorers Akay and Olabo present a Wonderland of playful works that interrogate the rules and norms of how we occupy spaces.

Akay and Olabo began their artistic careers as graffiti artists and the attitude of non-conformity, exploration and a playful approach to urban environments, that is often associated with graffiti and street art, pervades Wonderland.

This sense of exploration is emphasised through visitors to the exhibition been encouraged to not only take in the artwork, but to actively take part in it.

For instance, upon entering the exhibition, visitors are greeted with the ‘Panopticon’: a wall of television monitors displaying various views of the museum, including…

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