Compile Your Inventory by Ida Nissen
November 08, 2019
December 20, 2019
Opening: 8 November 16:00 - 18:00 at Galleri Image, Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus C
Q&A with Ida Nissen and Tom Lovelace, artist and Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London: 9 November 14:00 - 15:00 at Galleri Image
The historical process to date has deposited in you an infinity of traces, without leaving an inventory – Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks
This show is inspired by Gramsci’s idea that history deposits in us an infinity of traces that ultimately form our identity. However, they lack an inventory in order to give the history shape and sense. The gathering of such inventory can come from traces of heredity, individual and collective traditions, relations or experiences.
Compile Your Inventory brings together a series of new works; in which layered analogue colour photograms form an abstract narrative of collages to explore a dynamic of kinship, dislocation and displacement.
Drawing inspiration from her South Korean heritage, Nissen sources traces from personal memory and creating an inventory of shapes, signs and symbols, that are related the South Korean traditional culture. These works can be seen as fragments of identity being compiled through reinterpretation and examining the boundaries of what is already known and what is foreign.
A driving interest in her practice is the in-between state of the authentic and the constructed, real and imaginative. Photography in particular, becomes a medium that motivates this ambiguity and ultimately forms the narratives and memories, which cannot be represented in language or thought.
Ida Nissen lives and works in London. She studied at Valand Academy in Gothenburg and is a recent graduate from Royal College of Art in London. Nissen works with photography and has exhibited widely in Europe. More recent exhibitions and publications include: Somerset House, Photo London; European Parallel Platform: Lisbon, Lodz, Zagreb; Entrée, Bergen; Raumflucht, LAABF, US; Skape Gallery, Seoul, KOR; Sirin, Copenhagen, DK. For a full list and more information about her work, please visit her website: idanissen.com
The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation.