Research project This research project asks if ambivalence may be regarded as an active and important force within contemporary art, which approaches enquiries concerning gender, ethnicity and class.
Some of the project’s basic questions are: Are there artists who in their practices use ambivalence as an artistic method? If so, how does it appear? How does it leave traces in the artwork? And how does it shape the understanding and interpretation of the viewer? This question concerning the understanding and interpretation of the viewer leads to an investigation into whether ambivalence may also be regarded as an active and important force within contemporary art theory, in which ideas concerning gender, ethnicity and class are brought to the fore. Might the notion of “division” and “hesitation offer a way to reach knowledge about art and the realities and values which it articulates?