Stages of Conception by Myne Søe-Pedersen

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Stages of Conception by Myne Søe-Pedersen

From March 06, 2020 16:00 to June 26, 2020 17:00


Posted by Galleri Image

Stages of Conception by Myne Søe-Pedersen

On 6 March between 4pm and 6pm, Galleri Image invited you to the opening of the solo exhibition Stages of Conception by Myne Søe-Pedersen. 
On 7 March at 2 pm, Galleri Image hosted an artist talk with Myne Søe-Pedersen about the exhibition. 

The exhibition was closed 10 weeks for audience due to covid-19. The exhibition reopened 26 May and the exhibition period is extended to 26 June 2020. 

Stages of Conception shows brand new work by the artist and is Søe-Pedersen's first exhibition at Galleri Image. Her approach to the photographic medium is characterized by an ongoing exploration of the basic nature of photography, as well as its expanded possibilities. In Stages of Conception she juxtaposes groupings of works in an investigation of a significant place, and the collective as well as personal notions associated with it. 

The site of investigation is a closed psychiatric hospital outside of Nykøbing Sjælland (in the northwest of Zealand, DK), which was in use between 1915 and 2015. The hospital was built to new and idealistic standards: Placed in idyllic surroundings and with gardens and workshops on the grounds, it makes a positive impression when you visit it today. At the same time, the place has been the site of a diversity of personal destinies, as well as histories of psychiatry as an institutionalized form of treatment. Today, the buildings are used for other purposes, but they also house a small locally run museum for the history of the psychiatric hospital. The artist's personal relationship with the place is connected to her sister, who for a period was a regular patient at the hospital, while she was also living in a house near the hospital grounds and the adjoining forest.

The personal conceptions of the psychiatric hospital and what it represents are simultaneously informed by the collective conceptions: Psychiatric cultural history has embedded strong images in our collective memory, and it is in the awareness of this that Søe-Pedersen has been particularly interested in the small museum of the place. Museums can in many ways be seen as places where we stage our shared history in an attempt to make meaning of it.

The study thus has three layers: the personal, the specific and the collective. The three layers inform each other in an open and process-oriented exploration of concepts such as disappearance, memory, conceptions, and reality. Through repeated visits to the hospital and the surrounding area, research in the museum's collections and archives, as well as performative actions, Søe-Pedersen has been striving to achieve a state of physical immersion. At the same time, this insistent approach is an attempt to get rid of predefined logic in a context that is saturated with meaning and narratives.

The exhibition consists of four separate yet connected groupings of works. These are grounded in the hospital’s theatre stage, in escape tools from the museum's collection, in a handwritten letter from the artist's sister, and in the forest close to the hospital grounds.

About the artist
Myne Søe-Pedersen is a Danish artist, born in 1972, graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Cooper Union School of Art in New York in 2001. She works with an expanded approach to photography and is inspired by its development and processes as well as the point as which the photographic representation becomes an abstraction. The artworks often contain multiple layers of information, which can be very concrete, but which can also create an abstraction through repetition and experimental method. A recurring theme in Søe-Pedersen’s artistic practice is explorations of the tension between the rational and the irrational as well as between staging, conception and reality. She has previously exhibited both nationally and internationally, such as Odense, Copenhagen, Paris, Germany, Amsterdam and Ystad. 

The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation & The City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen)