• Hyun-jin Kwak

    From November 02, 2017 to December 17, 2017
    Opening: Thursday November 2nd at 4-6 PM
    At Galleri Image
    Nature and culture, East and West, subjects and objects meet in Hyun-Jin Kwak's art. In her art works, she lets the potent symbols and myths from her Korean home and childhood reflect and confront the imagery of adult life and the Western world. Girls In
    Uniform, an ongoing series of photography and sculpture since 2003, originated as a form of self-analysis, where Kwak looked at her background from her new vantage point of woman and artist. The large-scale, staged photographs that constitute the series feature uniformed schoolgirls inhabiting urban and natural landscapes. Barren industrial sites mingle with rivers, waterfalls, cliffs, and dense, almost impenetrable greenery setting the stage for tense and slightly threatening teenage episodes, frozen in time.In one part of the series, Kwak makes references to classic, oriental ink paintings where she especially focuses on landscapes, portraits of immortal spirits, beauty, and women. In this tradition, men are typically depicted as active subjects involved in sophisticated activities such as art, poetry, and meditation. In contradiction, women are portrayed as passive to a point where they almost become part of the landscape. Here – as in the rest of Kwak’s work – the neglected or powerless object is rather an active and empowered subject, involved in games or rituals of uncertain direction and meaning.The exhibition at Galleri Image consists of a selection of works from 2006 to 2017. The latest are a result of Kwak’s residency within the FRESH EYES project in Aarhus. This includes three large works which are on display on a public building next to the gallery. Altogether, the selection shows how Girls In Uniform has developed into studies of settings where historical and architectural aspects carry increasing importance. The method of staging models in different environments, thus suggesting different narratives, has for the artist become a reflective tool to look at and investigate places. Or as she states: “The uniformed girl somehow came to represent my own foreign perspective and placement and displacement in different geographies and localities of the West.”Hyun-Jin Kwak (b. 1974 in South Korea) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. She works primarily with staged photography and thematic approaches to geographical sites. Kwak’s works have been shown both in group and solo exhibitions at several major European exhibition spaces such as Hasselblad Center, Art Pavilion Zagreb, Technopolis Athens, Kulturhuset Stockholm, and Platform Seoul. Kwak has been nominated for several European photography awards including Prix Pictet and Prix Virginia. In 2005, Kwak was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation Victor Fellowship. The exhibition opens Thursday November 2nd at 4 pm to 6 pm and is on display until December 17th. Tuesday-Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm.Read more about Hyun-Jin Kwak here: http://www.hyunjinkwak.comThe exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation & Frimodt-Heineke FondenPhotography: Hyun-jin Kwak: Study of Landscape and Beauty no 1
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  • Mary Coble

    From January 12, 2018 to February 25, 2018
    Opening: Friday January 12th
    At Galleri Image
    The works in the exhibition Acting in Numbers by Mary Coble share a focus on resistance and activism through the examination of iconic symbols, bodily gestures, chants, and signals. Coble uses both performance and photography in order to investigate and '
    queer' our understanding of places, actions, bodies, and history.   The photo series Performing Defiance, which was commissioned by the Danish arts council for the series Performance photographs (2015), are moments from a durational performance involving a pink latex triangle and an abundance of glitter. Here the artist repeated the act of raising a clenched fist in protest for an exaggerated period of time, which opened for unpredictability, messiness, and potentially failure.   Whereas photography is drawing with light, the artist has also used drawing with blood as a consistent method for over a decade. Timeline of Disruption (2016) is the photographic documentation and physical imprint of a performance by the same title, where the artist had a number of lines drawn on her body as inkless tattoos. Coble transferred the thin line of blood that formed on the skin onto a roll of paper laying on the floor by embodying the positions of defiance used in various protests.   Light is both the source and the main medium in PULSE (2016). The photo series is the result of a ten-day performance, where the artist climbed the Cinesphere of an abandoned amusement park each night to repurpose it as a beacon of protest. A series of Morse Code messages were transmitted from the structure to collaborators on the ground positioned throughout Ontario Place Park who then relayed the message on using their own light source. The morsed messages were composed of statements and chants used in recent and current protests and fights for civil rights, and they can now be transmitted again through the photographs.    The most recent photographic series, We are here (2017) and One Movement (2017), are based on traces of the marches and protests against Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, DC January 2017. Both reflect Coble’s meticulous, on foot, documentation of the fences surrounding the White House.   The exhibition is created specifically for Galleri Image and makes full use of its space to display the serial character of Coble’s photographic and performance works and to explore notions of time, repetition, and sequencing in photography and performance in general.    In addition to these works, and as part of the seminar during the exhibition period, Coble will create a live performance in Aarhus, based on the children’s game ‘Red Rover’ which interrogates ideas of assembly, election, strategy, and barriers. The game’s concept of a ‘human fence’ connects to the works in the exhibition space.   Seminar on Saturday January 27, 2018 During the exhibition period, the complex relations between art and activism as well as photography and performance will further be explored in a public seminar with other practitioners. The seminar will include Mary Coble who will present a live work and facilitate a panel discussion. Annika Lundgren will be presenting extracts from Winter is Coming - an investigation in progress, inquiring into the relationship between spiritualist practices and the new species of right wing populism that has been emerging in the political landscape over the last 15 years. The project belongs to Lundgren's work series State of Affairs which takes its starting point in various current phenomena and operates with the associative linking of ideas and theories to create new political perspectives. Artist Stense Andrea Lind-Valdan and Art Historian and critic Rune Gade will participate with a performative dialogue about their current collaborative project Fountain. This - in progress dialogue - will connect performance and photography as well as art history, artistic research, and artistic practice into a productive, personal, and intimate dialogue.Annika Lundgren is an artist, currently based in Gothenburg and presently Deputy Artistic Director at Skogen. She has been employing imagery and gestures of marginalized forms of knowledge production in her previous work such as the performance series Strategies of Magic, using them as tools to locate the political in different contemporary contexts.Please visit her website at: http://www.annikalundgren.net Andrea Lind-Valdan is a Copenhagen, Denmark based artist who works with painting in the extended field. Her work is based on a painterly, formal, and autobiographical approach expanding into photography, performance, and written poetry, dealing primarily with issues such as motherhood, love, violence, and desire. Please visit her blogs here:  http://stenseandrealindvaldan.blogspot.se; http://youshouldpopstuff.blogspot.se Rune Gade is a Copenhagen, Denmark based Art Historian and critic as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He specializes in Danish and International contemporary photography's history and theory, performance, gender theory, and feminism, picture pornography, museology and exhibition analysis and art criticism.The exhibition is supported by Danish Arts Foundation, City of Aarhus, and BUPL Solidaritets- og Kulturfond.Photo credit: Henry Chan, from the series PULSE
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