With the exhibition “YES, WE CAN CHANGE” Hans E. Thorsen examines the mediatory potential of posters. As part of this project the windows of Volt have been plastered with the exhibition posters, blurring the boundaries of the work of art and its secondary signage. The poster has also been mounted around the city as conventional advertising for the exhibition.
The poster project can be seen in relation to what Thorsen calls “art as disturbance of official media” - both as probematizing people’s expectations of posters and their assumption that the gallery will be displaying something other than its signage. The slogan “YES, WE CAN CHANGE” has been inspired by political posters; a medium that the artists thinks has all but disappeared from the Norwegian public sphere.
A common thread that runs through Hans E. Thorsen's practice is the undermining of expectations towards different media and modes of expression as well as investigations into the role and function of documentary. He often works site-specifically, both within and outside the gallery space.