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Bryndís Snæbjörns-dóttir in Tbilisi
10 D. Abashidze Str.
Exhibition and seminar at Center for Contemporary Art – Tbilisi
Opening Reception Thursday March 7, 2013 at 18:00
Seminar March 8 – 9, 2013
Artists: Anders Smebye, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Elin Wikström in Collaboration with Denis Romanowski,
Eva Koch, Josefina Posch, Lars Laumann, Leslie Johnson, Sasha Huber.
Seminar Panel: Bastard Gallery, CCA-Tbilisi, GeoAIR, Kallio Kunsthalle, Manymade, Nýlo – The Living Art Museum,
Snowball Cultural Productions, Supermarket Art Fair and Magazine, wooloo.org
The seminar The Expanding Role of the Artist as Entrepreneur is open to the public & free of charge, schedule can be found on our website.
Almost twenty years after Hans Ulrich Obrist declared the “Nordic Miracle” the exhibition ”nordic art: Between Miracles” invites a new look at Nordic. With Nordic artists recently featured in New York Armory show 2012; why now? The Nordic region has had a stable economy andflourishing social system for the past 50 years, which in turn has fostered a large culture sector. Now that this support system is uncertain, the seminar ”The Expanding Role of the Artist as Entrepreneur” discusses the effect of changing cultural economies and by implication the role of art in the public sphere.
What people call success is only preparation for the next failure.
The exhibiting artists are participating in every step of their art production from research and creation to self-organization and curatorial work; with a strong sense of commitment to public engagement, rather than assuming a miracle will arrive. An aspect of the Nordic character illuminated by the Strindberg quote that the exhibition and seminar will explore: the industrious, entrepreneurial determination of Nordic artists. The need for continuity through success and failure, but above all to trust the process, proceed with work, develop new strategies, move forward. Is there a misunderstanding between this very entrepreneurial aspect of the art practice—and the political agenda for artists as entrepreneurs? Much has been discussed in relation to what might or might not be characteristic for artists native to/or working in the Nordic countries. The conclusion almost always seems to be that there actually are not any themes, visual or conceptual to be found. The artists in the exhibition all have identities connected to the North as indigenous, immigrants, or temporary expatriates—reflecting the population rotation in the past 20 years within Nordic lands.
The exhibition includes a broad range of contemporary art including more extra-disciplinary practices such as Bryndis Snaebjörnsdottir/Mark Wilson whose work; photography, video, books, installation; examines relationships between animals and culture. Eva Koch, known for video installation presented at Venice Biennal and other venues, looks at culture and identity, often in historical terms. Elin Wikström, a pioneer in Sweden in the realm of relational aesthetics, presents mechanisms that invite participation of the public in develop the artwork. Sasha Huber works with video and parallel to this, together with Petri Saarikko runs a Kunsthall in central Helsinki. In his films Lars Laumann tells singular stories of obsessional fantasy and desire. Anders Smebye´s sculptures involves satire, regressions and misreadings to comment on cultural decay and decadence. Leslie Johnson, active as educator, often exhibits in non-prestigious public venues, or as in recent New York exhibition transforms the gallery space to an employment agency. Josefina Posch´s sculptural projects are often simultaneously occurring through the internet on opposite ends of the globe.
Some of the organizations in the seminar panel, both local and from abroad, are more grass-roots than others and all have different modus operandi. Each organization will have a chance to share their vision, description of their funding structure and audience; to discuss aspects of entrepreneurship pertinent to the field of art, and present a summary of projects.
CCA-Tbilisi, led by Wato Tsereteli hosts the exhibition, bringing together the Tbilisi culture scene with Nordic artists, independent curators, writers, and culture producers — Between Miracles.
Shared and contrasting stories, experiences will be documented and available on the website www.betweenmiracles.org