Anyone who has picked up the culture section of any newspaper in the past two months, or watched CNN, Al Jazeera or the BBC, will know who Swedish “cake scandal” artist Makode Linde is.
You know, the guy who baked a cake-body for himself in the shape of an African tribal lady for his performance at the World Art Day at the Modern Museum in Stockholm, and screamed as the guests (among them, the Swedish minister of culture) sliced him up. The event launched a wave of racial outrage in international media, and the clip from his performance has had over 3,5 million views on YouTube. Despite the scandalous headlines, Makode Linde is anything but racist. For the past eight years, his art has dealt with questioning his own identity—being a young black guy in a politically correct (yet narrow minded) Western European city. Gallerist Jonas Kleerup has cleverly embraced the media frenzy, seizing the opportunity to highlight Makode’s true intentions by hosting a retrospective of his work at his new showroom on Jakobs Torg 3 in Stockholm.