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  • Fra November 20, 2020 16:00 til January 03, 2021 17:00
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    Sted: Galleri Image Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Danmark
    Galleri Image presents the exhibition Spare Parts with photographic and video artworks by the Danish artist Freya Sif Hestnes.The exhibition opening will be on 20 November from 4-6 pm. There is a body stuck at the end of my brain. It is digesting. It is g
    rowing hair. It is producing saliva, sweat, warmth. All these simultaneous processes function so we can put our energy into activities that exist outside the body, yet require its presence.Hestnes’ exhibition Spare Parts is a series of compositions: Grotesque everyday situations, pinpointing the disconnect between our physical and mental selves. An attention to the body that we otherwise rarely give. Hestnes is inspired by the nature morte tradition and the vanitas motifs of Baroque art, where the depiction of objects in a state of depravity and decay is central. Loose body parts linger between object and abject, simultaneously repulsive and present. There is a brutality to the realisation that you have a body.We are eyes, faces, lungs, hands. We are bones and blood. We are arms and legs. But we are also made up of parts that we don’t even know the name of. We are intestines that have surface areas as large as tennis courts. We are cuticles. We are busy bacteria. And one day this bustle stops. You are tendons, nails, nerves, tissue. Fragile. An abattoir of parts in a brittle construction, neatly packaged in skin to hide its dull grey brown colour. Tired livers. Stubbed toes. Mitochondria. We avoid going to the dentist because we are afraid of what they will find – a fault in our health and a reminder that we have abused it. Spare Parts is a grotesque toast to our health. To our belly buttons and our wrists and to our bunions. To all our parts that work beautifully and have nothing to spare. To sit and think about our lungs inflating and deflating. Inflating. Deflating. Inflating. Deflating. And how they will continue to do so, until they don't. About the artist:Freya Sif Hestnes is a visual- and performing artist, working in Denmark and Norway. She has a background in photography, scenography and in being injured. Through video, installation and performance, she explores how personal stories can find a place in the collective. Hestnes examines the world through small stagings of reality where humor, absurdity and sensory experience merge into documentary and autobiography. Here, everyday objects often appear as markers of the complex relationship between humans and their material environment.Freya Sif Hestnes has a BFA in photography from Valand Academy (SE) and a degree in scenography from the Norwegian Theatre Academy (NO). Since graduating in 2017, she has exhibited at galleries throughout Scandinavia and toured in large parts of Europe as a performer and scenographer in her own productions. Hestnes is a present figure in the independent performing arts field as well as institutional theatre in Denmark, most recently as a scenographer in the Reumert-winning performance "Brøgger" at Teater Republique. The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen).
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  • Fra September 25, 2020 16:00 til November 15, 2020 17:00
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    Sted: Galleri Image Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Danmark
    Galleri Image presents No Name by Chinese artist Wang Ningde. The exhibition opened 25 September 2020. The No Name exhibition at Galleri Image celebrates the 70 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China in 2020. A book has been publish
    ed in connection to the exhibition.On Saturday 24 October at 2 pm Galleri Image hosted a book launch with Wang Ningde, the book's contributing writers Lisa A. Orcutt and Gitte Broeng as well as graphic designer Lasse Krog Møller. The artist and Lisa A. Orcutt participated from Beijing via video call. About the exhibition The exhibition No Name at Galleri Image revolves around photographic pieces by Chinese artist Wang Ningde, which explore power dynamics between authority and public space. Like much of Wang Ningde’s work, the pieces manifest a keen sensibility in response to contemporary issues. The artworks in the exhibition No Name are constructed with photographed paint smudges. Since 2015, Wang Ningde has visited different cities in China, photographically collecting thousands of paint smudges on public walls. The photographs depicted places where the city administration had painted over unauthorized advertisements in an attempt to conceal them. The paint smudges often stand out, as the aesthetics are not in general a priority for the city administrations. Some make an effort to match the wall, although in the end the paint is still quite noticeable and marks the tensions between the different participants in urban space.   Wang Ningde reutilises the photographed paint smudges to create new images of expressive portraits and art historical moments. In a digital editing process, he constructs with his own photographs’ new motifs on top of pictures of protesters or social events. His final step in the digital editing process is to remove the background picture completely, leaving only the vivid brushstrokes of the paint smears. Wang’s artwork then also addresses the complex entangled relation between photography and painting.   The title of the exhibition No Name refers to the nameless participants in public space, such as the unnamed citizens and nameless urban spaces. The paint smudges begin as cover-ups on the urban, social facade, then transformed by Wang Ningde to emphasise the emotional and cultural tensions in public. About the artist  Wang Ningde (b. 1972) graduated from the Photography Department at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He lives and works in Beijing. Wang is one of the leading contemporary visual artists in China. He is working mainly with photography and installation, using multiple forms to expand the boundaries of visual art. His artworks have been exhibited globally at galleries and art museums in USA, Australia, Asia and Europe. Wang Ningde has received numerous awards, and his artworks are included in several collections, such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and The White Rabbit Collection in Sydney. For more information visit: http://wangningde.com/ During the exhibition period, Galleri Image will announce more events in connection with No Name. The events will be presented in collaboration with PhD Mette Thunø, Associate Professor in China Studies at Aarhus University and Jette Sunesen, Director of Aarhus Centre for Literature. The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the S.C. Van Foundation, the Augustinus Foundation, The Aarhus Stiftstidende Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Foundation and the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen)   On 2 May, 10.30 – 3 pm, Galleri Image and The China Studies, Aarhus University had planned to present the symposium Contemporary Chinese Art and Artist: Concerns, Possibilities and Constraints. The symposium was cancelled due to Covid-19, but would have featured the following guest speakers: Wang Ningde (artist), Duan Yuting (Director of Museum of Photography in Lianzhou), Sasha Su-Ling Welland (Associate Professor University of Washington). 
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