In a series of magnetic photographs, sculptures, drawings and performances, Roberto explores the medical myth and mysticism associated with the use of magnets to treat illness. Taking Franz Mesmer’s concept of animal magnetism as a starting point, the photographs and sculptures use magnets and iron filings to demonstrate the energetic transference between animated and inanimate objects, making their inorganic forms appear alive and organic. Mesmer’s ideas have influenced modern theories surrounding the healing power of magnets, and these works explore the relationship the healer and the believer in society’s ideas of nature, science and the body.
Roberto Ekholm’s work includes sculpture, performances, and photography. His work draws on a fusion between science, pseudoscience, believes system around identity and cultural references. He plays on ideas around what he calls “commodity of survival”; the tenuous boundaries between life and death and the value of survival as a commodity.
The Healer (print) has been exhibited at Royal Academy Summer Show.
The Healer is featured in the Thames and Hudson publication Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition by Michael Petry
The Healer (sculpture) was exhibited in the touring exhibition Nature Morte