HIBALHIDHOO

From 2002 to 2004 the Danish conceptual artist Søren Dahlgaard chose to make a test-vegetable-project on the small Maldivian island of Hibalhidhoo, located 100 km north of the capital Malé, where he had moved with his Maldivian wife and their child.
Exhibition duration:
07-01-2011 - 20-02-2011
Medium:
Photography and video
Title:
HIBALHIDHOO
Artist:
SØREN DAHLGAARD
From 2002 to 2004 the Danish conceptual artist Søren Dahlgaard chose to make a test-vegetable-project on the small Maldivian island of Hibalhidhoo, located 100 km north of the capital Malé, where he had moved with his Maldivian wife and their child. The question he set himself was: using only existing methods of cultivation derived from modern hothouse market gardening, could he somehow make an essential difference to this small isolated tropical island-society, which up until then had imported almost all essential household articles, including fruit and vegetables? The island has sandy earth and a damp salty subsoil, making conditions for cultivation very difficult, and the project was supposed to clarify whether or not, with the right techniques, these disadvantages could be overcome to allow vegetables to grow on a large scale. The exhibition at Galleri Image tries to tell the story of this experiment. We are on a desert island. The fundamental infrastructure is being built. There are systems in place for desalination, houses, pumping stations, power station, fresh-water well, plus a 3000 square metre hot-house.

Using the title HIBALHIDHOO, Søren Dahlgaard creates a living-room arrangement on an "island" of sand in Galleri Image, where visitors can sit down and look in family albums that chronicle the building/construction of the island-project, along with other scenes from daily life. A number of these pictures hang on the walls making a kind of panorama. Meanwhile, on a television monitor, a video installation recalls aspects of the artist's time on the island, with Søren Dahlgaard's father narrating from a letter which he wrote to friends and family during his visit to the island while the project was running. It will be seen that the agricultural project is reminiscent of a giant art installation, centred round lots of research and expertise, logistics, budgets, accounting, economy, employers, production, communication, marketing, buying and selling. The process, the history, the staging and the narratives of this enterprise are all highlighted. Thus an "artistic" project gradually emerges out of a scientific and market gardening starting-point.

Søren Dahlgaard (born 1973) is a Danish conceptual artist, educated at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London from which he graduated in 2002. Especially known for his Dough Portraits and performance art, he has exhibited nationally and internationally, while his works are to be found in several private and public collections.
Galleri Image's exhibition is part of a co-operation with the Aarhus Art Building, which is showing another aspect of Søren Dahlgaard's project in a concurrent exhibition entitled Growing Vegetables on a Coral Island that opens on January 22. Both exhibitions take part in Aarhus Art Building's theme for 2011: IMAGINE - towards an eco-aesthetics, a project inspired by artist, philosopher and curator Rasheed Araeen's curiosity about whether or not art of today is able to make a difference in the world.

On January 22 from 11.00, Rasheed Araeen will participate in a debate with the curator collective Latitudes, and the artist duo Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller in Aarhus Art Building on this topic. Aarhus Art Building wants to explore the area between artistic experiment and revolutionary intervention which was announced in the 2010 annual programme: Modifications. A single catalogue covers both exhibitions.

Opening of the exhibition on Friday January 7, 2011, from 16.00-18.00 in Galleri Image

NEWS FLASH Welcome to the debate ”Farming new possibilities” on Saturday January 22, 2011, from 15.00 in Galleri Image: Galleri Image wishes to announce an unexpected visit from the well-known London-based artist, philosopher and curator, Rasheed Araeen. Mr Araeen will be presented here at the gallery in discussion with Søren Dahlgaard on the question of whether or not art of today can make a difference in the world, the subject of his recent manifesto. Be present at this exciting debate.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Danish Arts Council, Aarhus Kommunes Kulturudviklingspulje,

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