Ny serie med intervjuer: Presentasjon av deltagerne på Østlandsutstillingen 2015 – Abel og Beavis-Harrison

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Nå er det 8 uker igjen til åpning av Østlandsutstillingen 2015 i Kiel. Alle utstillere forholder seg til utstillingens tittel ”Identitet: menneske og sted” på svært individuelt vis. Østlandsutstillingen presentere kunstverkene og artist statements frem mot åpningen:

De første to kunstnere er Jannik Abel og Amelia Beavis-Harrison.

Jannik Abel

Behind Black

168x75cm www.luckyoneway.blogspot.no

The photographs in Behind Black are from the archive of Norway’s first art gallery. My great-great grandparents started the gallery in 1864.

I inherited the archive in 2009 and for the past two years I ́ve been making artwork from this archive, always looking for images that say something about the Norwegian culture.

I found these three photographs in a stack of black and white medium format glass plates; they are landscapes from different parts of Norway.

The first image I found was the middle one, of the man smoking a pipe and watching the ice melt. The scale of the ice versus the man was the first thing that caught my eye.

Janik Abel: Behind Black, 2015
Janik Abel: Behind Black, 2015

Amelia Beavis- Harrison

No New News

2015 Performance www.ameliabeavisharrison.com

No New News is a performance that uses one large engulfing costume and a pile of daily newspapers as its main ingredients. The performance costume is in reality a wearable flag where the performers are bound together in one oversized t-shirt style fabric garment that contains all their bodies but allows for movement. The garment contains the imagery of Oslo City Hall allowing the performers to represent government and politics without identifying particular politicians, using architecture allows the performers to represent an institution and an ideology that is centuries old. The performance is devised using a performance score that relates to the reading of a large pile of daily newspapers. The performers seek articles from the papers published that day which represent ‘victims’, ‘others’, ‘scapegoats’ etc, people caught in a political system who become news stories. To draw a parallel between history and current politics the performers replace key words when reading the papers aloud, inserting references to witchcraft and hierarchy to abstract the story just enough that it becomes relevant, in both a historical reflection and as contemporary news. The performers read simultaneously but from different content allowing for the information to combine and differ creat- ing a new portrait of the news, our society and our identity.

Amelia Beavis-Harrison: No New News
Amelia Beavis-Harrison: No New News