Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir at Listen to the Sirens in Gibraltar
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir
February 28th – April 15th, 2015
Collateral event: Stefano Cagol, The Body of Energy
Curated by Alessandro Castiglioni
Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
Listen to The Sirens / Space for Contemporary Arts
Montagu Bastion, Line Wall Road Gibraltar (UK)
Saturday 28th of February 2015 at 12 am, Steven Linares the Minister of Sport, Culture, Heritage and Youth of the Government of Gibraltar – UK, Yvette Zarb, the Director of Culture of Gibraltar, Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, the artists and the curators of /Little Constellation/ Network from the Republic of San Marino, are very pleasent to present the opening of Margins by the Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, fourth exhibition of Listen to The Sirens, Space for Contemorary Arts, conceived and curated by /Little Constellation/ for the Ministry of Culture of Gibraltar – UK.
From the text of the curator of Margins, Alessandro Castiglioni:
… the Icelandic artist visited Gibraltar for the first time in 2012, for a field trip to discover the territory. Since that time, Hekla has returned insistently with her thoughts to a precise location noted from Europa Point, between the seas of the Strait of Gibraltar, the point where the waters of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean mingle. Following the evocations of the legendary tales of Jacque-Yves Cousteau, who said that he saw walls of water meeting and colliding with each other in the ocean depths, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir resignifies that particular point, because for the artist the landscape, the natural elements, acquire a metaphorical and narrative value. A landscape that often is often a residue, abandoned or forgotten. Or, even more often a hybrid form. This landscape is that of Margins, that threshold where two worlds touch. It is on this idea of the margin and this hybrid territory that the exhibition builds, with the central work being a superimposed reprise of that precise point where the waters of the sea, different by currents and temperature, mingle. The artist then enriches this image by consulting a conceptual map, dense with references: here we find the boundary that separates Gibraltar from La Linea de la Concepcion (another name of a margin, by the way), the transition between different months (the exhibition opens on February 28, the day that once every four years is prolonged to arrive at 29) but also between years (in antiquity February was the last month of the year) and between days (a small performance will be held on the night of the inauguration between 28 February and 1 March 2015)…
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir (1969 Reykjavik), studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles. In 1998 she received a Fellowship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine, US. Since 1999 Hekla has exhibited her works actively both nationally and internationally in Iceland, Canda, U.K., U.S.A, Italy Hekla is one of the founders of “Kling & Bang gallery” and has taken on the role of a curator for several exhibitions. Hekla has been a professor at the Iceland Art Academy of the Arts since 2012.
The nomadic transnational project titled The Body of Energy (of the mind)” by Italian artist Stefano Cagol will stop on February 28 at Listen to the Sirens in Gibraltar (UK) interacting with environment and public. This will be the most eastern-southern stop of the project started in Bergen, Norway on October 3, 2014, presented in many European Museums, and arrived also till the opposite border of Europe in the Arctic in Kirkenes (NO).
Listen to the Sirens is a project of cultural dialogue between two territories that share a common path of research and interest in contemporary visual culture: San Marino and Gibraltar. The project is based on an intensive dialogue between these two identities through the privileged eyes of contemporary art practice.
The project involves the construction in Gibraltar of a space for viewing and listening. Attracted by the “siren song”, visions about our present, about the images we constantly produce and their contents, are often confused, flawed, incapable of embodying key values, such as slowness and complexity within their construction or use. Listen to the Sirens is a project by Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni based on the reappropriation of this capacity for reading through an exhibition program based on continuous dialogue between emerging international artists, artists of the Little Constellation network and artists who live and work in Gibraltar. The San Marino phase of this project will by contrast be a narrative production: the construction of a series of art works set in San Marino and produced to recount some aspects of the history and identity of this small state. The central work in this production will be the art work by Nina Danino, an artist of Gibraltar, chosen specifically to enhance this exchange underlying the project and Ingibjorg Magnadottir, performer artists from Iceland.
/Little Constellation/ is an international network on contemporary art aiming to organize and promote projects with a specific focus on the current research activity in the small states of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, and in a few european geocultural micro-areas including Canton Ticino, Ceuta, Gibraltar, Kaliningrad, The Aland Islands, The Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Jersey. The network is an international knowledge platform for the dissemination of information, exhibitions, meetings and residences for artists, as well as for the promotion of co- productions and cooperation projects with artists, associations, museums, art centres, public and private institutions and international foundations. The network offers an accurate focus on the activity carried out by the youngest generation artists, groups, research collectives that work, have connections and play an active role in these countries.
/Little Constellation/ developed from a research project carried out from 2004 by the sammarines artists Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, with the curators Roberto Daolio and Alessandro Castiglioni, and with the support of the best San Marino Institutions pubblic and private, and the participation and contribution of many artists, museum curators, foundations and centres active in contemporary art in this country and in all Europe.