We Will Meet in the Blind Spot

The exhibition We will meet in the blind spot by Maj Hasager took its point of departure from the architecture in and around the Esposizione Universale di Roma area in Rome. In the exhibition Maj Hasager presented two films: We will meet in the blind spot and Bifurcating futures along with eight photographic prints.
21-08-2015 - 25-10-2015
Photgraphy, Video
We Will Meet in the Blind Spot
Maj Hasager
The exhibition We will meet in the blind spot by Maj Hasager takes its point of departure from the architecture in and around the Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) area in Rome. In the exhibition Maj Hasager presents two films: We will meet in the blind spot and Bifurcating futures along with eight photographic prints relating to her research on the EUR area, responding to the architecture and stories from a local migrant community.

The EUR was built during the fascist rule and was meant to be the site of the World Exposition in 1942, in addition to being a celebration of the 20-year jubilee for fascism in Italy. The World Exposition in 1942 never took place due to WWII, and the area intended as Mussolini’s “Third Rome” wasn't completed until the 1960's - though not in the shape the utopian project was given from the onset. Since then Italian filmmakers have made extensive use of EUR as an exterior location. 

The film We will meet in the blind spot (36 min) is intended as a document of stories and voices that are often lacking in the discussion on migration, both in an Italian context as well as within a broader European perspective. Through encounters with a local Filipino community that is centred on a local church in EUR, stories and voices were revealed and the film departs from their personal accounts. In the film, which is situated between documentary and fiction, the focus is on leisure time, interests described by individuals members of the community and referencing scenes from post–war Italian film. 

The film Bifurcating Futures (9 min) explores the body's limitations and potentials in relation to the modernistic and futuristic architecture in Esposizione Universale di Roma, through the staging of an experienced dancer. In the video the movements are ruptured by fragments from Thom Donovans poem ”The Commons”. The dancer moves in and around the spectacular urban site and constructed park accompanied by a newly composed soundtrack consisting of real sounds from the urban, futuristic architecture as well as mechanical sounds. It is inspired by thoughts of the Italian futurist movement, celebrating the power, speed and especially the noise in cities and machinery.

Maj Hasager is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen. She studied photography and fine art in Denmark, Sweden, and the UK, earning an MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. She is interested in how history is written and rewritten depending on the case, ideology or political agenda it promotes, and how marginalised groups are being represented in the construction of history.Her work deals with power structures, identity, memory, the construction of history, and architecture, looking at how these interlinked phenomena are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. Her artistic approach is research based and interdisciplinary, and she works predominantly with text, sound, video, and photography. Since 2011 she has been the programme director of Critical & Pedagogical Studies MFA programme at Malmö Art Academy.

The official opening of the exhibition is on Friday the 21st August at 4 PM. Artistic Director of Viborg Kunsthal Helene Nyborg Bay will open the exhibition.

On 19th September 2015 Galleri Image will host a seminar with the participation of Maj Hasager in conversation with the curator Silvia Litardi (IT). There will furthermore be a book launch of Hasager's most recent book project Making Visisble published by Woodpecker Projects (SE) and supported by Galleri Image.

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Aarhus Municipality.