PIERTOPIA

Aiming to understand and examine links between African ancestry, immigration and visual culture, The State of L3 proposes a series of walkways and jetties inside Galleri Image. These inter-connected constructions display images and projections from various countries and landscapes.
Udstillingsperiode:
08-04-2011 - 22-05-2011
Medie:
Installation
Titel:
PIERTOPIA
Kunstner:
THE STATE OF L3
The art collective The State of L3 - the name refers to the DNA code of people West Africa origin - was established back in 2006 by the Dutch-Panamanian artist and film-maker Antonio Jose Guzman. Networked through Amsterdam (Holland), Dakar (Senegal) and Recife (Brazil) this international artist collective involves itself with art, multimedia exchanges, modern trends and policy issues. The nationally tripartite make-up of The State of L3 references a triangule of three continents that have historically linked Dutch colonial and commercial rule to the wider African diaspora.

Aiming to understand and examine links between African ancestry, immigration and visual culture, The State of L3 proposes a series of walkways and jetties inside Galleri Image. These inter-connected constructions display images and projections from various countries and landscapes. The structure of this installation, once again, refers symbolically to the DNA chain: The exhibit "Piertopia" constitutes a living DNA database, an exploring in which the audience is invited to inter-act with soundtracks and photographs displaying people from widely different backgrounds.

The exhibition revolves round a question of identity, collectively focusing on the hereditary ties of the African slaves who were transported to Brazil or Suriname in the time of Dutch colonial rule. The artists making up The State of L3 seek a common visual language that can tell the unique cultural history and background of the Africans, as well as emphasizing their common genetic ties with contemporary Africa. The question being explored is whether it is permissible to speak of a collective African memory and thereby to find new ways of understanding African identity - granted the fact that the African gene is widespread throughout the world.
The large-scale exhibition and installation project PIERTOPIA is created specifically for Galleri Image, and will subsequently be shown in Amsterdam, Dakar and Recife. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by Galleri Image you can read here.

ARTIST TALK Friday 1 April at 13.00 with The State of L3 at The Jutland Art Academy
OPENING & PERFORMANCE by T. Martinus from The State of L3 Friday, 8 April from 16.00 to 18.00 in Galleri Image GUIDED TOUR May 21 at 14 (price 20 DKr.)

The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Council, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Konsul George Jorck & Hustru Emma Jorck´s Fond, Helnan International Hotels and Aarhuus Stiftstidendes Fond.

Video documentation available here.
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