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WILD AT HEART

Net Stroll: 28th of August 2012, Linnea Strid (Sweden)

Photographs taken from Linnea´s website

Linnea Strid, a Swedish painter and photographer will be displaying her stunning work next time at Galleri Diana (Uppsala) in September with the solo exhibition “Washed up and left behind.”

Check out more of Linnea’s work on Flickr or follow her page on Facebook

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“IT´S BORING TO DIE”

Vernissage: 26th of May 2012, MIVA Gallery (Malmö)

Video by MIVAGallery

Date: 26th of May – 9th of June 2012

Artist: Johan Wahlström

Place: MIVA Gallery, Engelbrektsgatan 18, Malmö

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“ART IS AN AMAZING WAY TO DEAL WITH LIFE”

– Interview with Tessa Praun (Sweden)

When did you start curating? Tell us something about your educational background and curatorial experience?

Curator Tessa Praun with Ai Wei Wei at his ateljé in 2010/ Photo by Magasin 3

 I started curating for real on my current job, the private art foundation Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall. My background is in the Humanities Study Program and Art History at Stockholm University. I did my final internship at IASPIS (International Artists Studio Program in Sweden), an artist in residency program that really got me interested in contemporary art. From there I moved on to shorter experiences at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and as assistant curator at Kunstverein München, amongst others. In 2004 I started as assistant curator at Magasin 3 and became curator two years later. Since then I have curated exhibitions with artists such as Miroslav Tichy, Christian Boltanski, Annika von Hausswolff, Marijke van Warmerdam, Ai Weiwei, etc. and have done collaborative projects with other art institutions in Europe and been working with Magasin 3:s own collection.

What is your personal relationship with Ai Wei Wei and his work? How did it come about that you got to curate his show at Magasin 3?

I was very taken by Ai Weiwei’s project “Fairytale” that he did for Documenta XII, this impressive idea to invite 1001 Chinese people to come with him to Kassel in Germany in the summer of 2007. It is a fantastic social multi layered project that lives on through stories that are being told as well as through physical remaining parts with an amazing visual strength. Experiencing this work in Kassel made me read more about Ai Weiwei and follow the work he did after.

In 2010 I was in China and had the chance to visit Ai Weiwei in his combined home and studio in Beijing. This was in a time when he was already very pressed by the Chinese authorities and he had just been under a three days house arrest when we met. Meeting him in his own environment and under these pressing circumstances effected me strongly and coming back to Stockholm I invited him to have the exhibition here at Magasin 3 this spring.

Fairytale (dormitory) by Ai Wei Wei 

Tell us more about the Ai Wei Wei exhibition. What has been your main role as a curator of the show?

From the beginning I knew that I did not want to make a retrospective exhibition, instead I wanted a selection of works that focuses on China as synonymous to mass production and Ai Weiwei’s concern for the individual as a necessary part of the big mass. Ai Weiwei did the first selection of works that he and I then discussed and added to. Only a few months into working together, in the beginning of April 2011, he suddenly was arrested and kept detained on no legal grounds in an undisclosed location. Not knowing what was going to happen, if and when he would be released, me and my colleagues had to decide how to move on. Together with Ai Weiwei’s assistants we came to the conclusion that the best thing that we could do in that situation was to continue the preparations of the exhibition, it felt even more so important to show his work and make his voice heard. Despite my deep concerns for Ai Weiwei’s situation I had to focus as much as I could on completing the exhibition and do so in the most respectful way.

World Map by Ai Wei Wei

Can you explain the importance of the reading room being a part of the Ai Wei Wei exhibition? Why emphasize on all that information?

At the point when Ai Weiwei was detained and couldn’t be part of the preparations of the exhibition anymore, I felt it was important to give our visitors a deeper insight into Ai Weiwei’s situation, why he is on a collision course with the regime and consequently has become so known also outside the art world. So I developed a reading room. A physical one in the actual exhibition space, side by side with the artworks. It includes reading material, a sound archive where various people contributed with their stories and reflections on Ai Weiwei, interviews and documentaries on and by Ai Weiwei. But also a digital one, a special homepage gathering articles, documentaries, the sound archive, filmed documentation of all panel discussions that we have arranged in connection to the exhibition etc. in order for people to explore his work both as an artist, activist, blogger, architect. He himself does not really distinguish these roles. I found it interesting to bring this up through the reading room. Both the physical and digital reading room have proven very useful and much appreciated.

Video work by Ai Wei Wei 

Do you think new and digital media used in contemporary art has brought new aspects to arts and curating? Yes or no, explain why.

Well yes, I think since these new media are part of society today it is only a natural development that also artists explore them and art institutions adapt them in communicating with the audience. In some cases art can be brought closer to the viewer through various new media and attract those who are hard to reach in a more traditional manner. In our part of the world we live in a time with a tremendous fast pace. It is important that art can both adapt to these new circumstances but also offer a brake from just that. The content has to be the driving force otherwise the experience will be lost completely. It is a challenge for both artist and curator to find the right balance.

Stool by Ai Wei Wei

Photographs by Konsthopp

What qualities do you think a good curator should have?  

A good curator knows how to both support and challenge an artist, is curious and open minded, dedicated to the project and flexible to deal with different characters and situations under time pressure : )

From your point of view, how does the future of professional curating look like? What are your personal wishes, hopes and perspectives on your future curatorial plans?

My main motivation for being a curator is to learn more about life. Being close to art is an amazing way to deal with life, to explore notions of the present, history and future, to be inspired to thoughts and feelings. If I can transmit this also to other people then I think I am doing something good.

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SIROUS NAMAZI

Vernissage: 10th of May 2012, Galerie Nordenhake (Stockholm)

Leaning Horizontal (detailed) by Sirous Namazi

Photograph taken from Nordenhake homepage

On-going is an exhibition with work by Sirous Namazi at Galerie Nordenhake in Stockholm. Through mixture of material and media (such as huge metallic installation pieces, goods from supermarkets and collage oil paintings) the Iranian-born artist focus on the urban landscape in the context of instability and failure, in his latest exhibition “New Work”. And as he has addressed throughout his artistical practice, Sirous Namazi continues extrapolating on the themes of social structures and patterns, architecture, consumption and detritus.

Leaning Horizontal (installation, 2012) by Sirous Namazi

Leaning Horizontal (2012) by Sirous Namazi

Untitled (2012) by Sirous Namazi

This is what the artist has to say about his on-going work:

Issues around belonging, consumption, chaos and order interest me. The artistic process has as much to do with demolishing and undermining as it does with creating and building. Many of my works use everyday objects. These Ready-mades originate in the urban landscape but become sculptures when presented in new contexts, namely galleries and institutions. I attempt to open up for new interpretations and discussions that affect contemporary issues.

 — Sirous Namazi, 2012

Untitled (paintings, 2012) by Sirous Namazi

Untitled (three dimensional collage, 2012) by Sirous Namazi

Untitled (detailed, 2012) by Sirous Namazi

The photograph above is taken from Nordenhake homepage. Other photographs are taken by Sophie Koch

Artist: Sirous Namazi

Date: 10th of May – 21st of June 2012

Place: Galerie Nordenhake, Hudiksvallsgatan 8, Stockholm

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11.00 – 18.00 ; Saturday – Sunday, 12.00 – 16.00

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– 33

On-going:, 14th of April – 6th of May 2012, Kling & Bang (Reykjavik)


Demons, fiends, devils, sorcerers, monsters, werewolves …

Somehow — spring usually brings out my inner demons. And sometimes I´m lucky enough to meet some of them — unexpectedly — on my way.

Sigga Björg creates a mysterious world of all kinds of creatures in her latest exhibition: ” – 33 ” at Kling & Bang Gallery. Up to this point, the artist´s creatures have been anonymous but now you can meet and even buy the little devils.

Please, let me introduce; Max, Gaab, Dianna, Jacobb, Benedict and Najim.

“Max” (or I think this is Max)

“Gaab”

“Dianna”

“Jacobb”

“Benedict”

“Najim”

“Max” (or I think this is Max)

Photographs by Konsthopp

I´m going to end this short entry with a text from the exhibition catalog under the heading Looking the Devil in the Eye by Goddur:

“Demons, fiends and devils visit our dreams and visions. They appear on everyone’s inner hemisphere. So do angels, nymphs and little elves, flashing before us on the peripheries of our vision. However, very few are willing to acknowledge this and accept it, let alone draw it on paper and thereby transfer the vision into this world. Most people dismiss it as fantasies and hallucinations, ashamed even to mention that it happened. Nevertheless, the devils and demons symbolise certain things. They harbour our hidden impulses and feelings.”

Guðmundur  Oddur  Magnússon (Goddur)

Today is the last day to look the devil in the eye!

Date: 14th of April – 6th of May 2012

Artist: Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir

Place: Kling & Bang Gallery, Hverfisgata 42, Reykjavik

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LOSUN / EMISSION

Vernissage: 10th of March 2012, Íslensk Grafík (Reykjavik)

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do — or do without” (New England proverb)

This month happened to be dedicated to recycled art. I stumbled upon two recycled art exhibitions, watched the documentary Waste Land for the first time and discovered many artists that use waste materials in their creation of art.

Gunnhildur Thordardottir is one of them. The artist is very keen on recycling and uses materials for her work that would otherwise be thrown away — such as unpaired socks, off-cuts of textiles, sticky plastic film and empty food containers.

Beside the recycling, the artist’s inspiration is derived from primary colours and different forms. As an occupied mother of three, the artist had to use more child friendly materials than usually in the process of the exhibition.

The color scheme was a pleasant surprise on this particularly grey and gusty Saturday. Specially after my visit to the black&white “Santiago Sierra” show, which is housed in the same building (Listasafn Reykjavikur), the exhibition “Losun” befitted exceptionally well in the bright and — in my opinion — one of the best exhibition spaces in Reykjavik.

Photograph by Konsthopp

After a nice chat with the artist — were we discussed anything from unlike art scenes in different countries to child raising — we found out that we had more in common than just an ardor for contemporary art. Me and Gunnhildur are namely born on the same day.

Cheers to everyone that are born on the 10th of March!

Gunnhildur Thordardottir completed her BA in Art and Art History at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating in 2003. She completed a MA degree in Arts Management in 2006. Since then she has been an active artist as well as working at museums and for the Printmaking Association in Iceland. Gunnhildur will next open an exhibition Fráhvarf / Departure in SÍM, 3rd of April 2012.

Date: 10th – 25th of March 2012

Artist: Gunnhildur Thordardottir

Place: Printmaking Association in Iceland (Íslensk Grafík), Tryggvagata 17, Reykjavik

Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 14.00 – 18.00

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #3

Painter: Zoë Sua Kay (Portugal)

Originally from Lisbon, Zoë Sua Kay moved to England in 2001 and has been living in London ever since. She studied her Foundation Diploma at Chelsea College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Recently, the Portuguese painter was awarded with a scholarship for MFA course at the prestigious New York Academy of Art (class 2014) and will be joining the Academy in the fall of 2012.

These paintings are from her series; Self-Portrait (of me as a man)

Photographs belong to Zoë Sua Kay

For those who are on their way to London, the artist´s forthcoming exhibition “Recounting Palestine’s Stories: An Intervention” will be launched in June 2012 in collaboration with Al Madad Foundation.

Congratulation Zoë Sua Kay!

Artist: Zoë Sua Kay 

Upcoming event: Recounting Palestine’s Stories: An Intervention, London

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