We will meet in the blind spot – Mini-seminar and book launch

On September 19th Galleri Image hosted a mini-seminar featuring Maj Hasager, the artist behind Galleri Image's exhibition We will meet in the blind spot, in conversation with Silvia Litardi (IT). The conversation covered topics from the film We will meet in the blind spot such as immigration, identity, and the role of art.
Exhibition duration:
19-09-2015 - 19-09-2015
Medium:
video, photobook, seminar
Title:
We will meet in the blind spot – Mini-seminar and book launch
Artist:
Maj Hasager, Silvia Litardi
On September 19th 2015 Galleri Image will host a mini-seminar featuring Maj Hasager, the artist behind Galleri Image's current exhibition We will meet in the blind spot, in conversation with the curator Silvia Litardi (IT). The conversation will cover topics touched upon in the film We will meet in the blind spot such as immigration, identity, and the role of art in the telling of the untold stories. They will also discuss Maj Hasager's method and artistic approach.

Situated between documentary and fiction, the film We will meet in the blind spot by Maj Hasager relays stories of the Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR) district in Rome. The EUR was built during the fascist rule of Mussolini to represent a »Third Rome« but wasn’t completed until the 1960’s, when it was eventually finished under very different purposes of urban planning. Through encounters with the local Filipino community centered around a church in EUR, personal accounts and stories are compiled, that are often lacking within the Italian and European debate on migration. 

There will also be a book launch for Hasager's most recent book project MAKING VISIBLE, published by Woodpecker Projects (SE) with support from The Danish Arts Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude,  Längmanska kulturfonden, Malmö kulturnämnd, Galleri Image, Qwatz – artist in residency, Malmö Stads jubileumsfond, and Stiftelsen Lunds stads jubileumsfond.

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. 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. She has exhibited internationally at Viborg Kunsthal, DK (2015); Art Relay, GL STRAND, Copenhagen, DK (2015); We will meet in the blind spot, Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK (2015); Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art (2014); Moderna Utställningen, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014); A Voice of One’s Own, Malmö Konstmuseum (2014); Past upon Past, Red Barn Gallery, Belfast (2013); Decembers, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk (2012); and Liverpool Biennial (2010). Hasager is the programme director of Critical & Pedagogical Studies (MFA) at Malmö Art Academy and is a guest lecturer at the International Academy of Art, Palestine; Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem; and the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Silvia Litardi is an art historian and independent curator, who specializes in designing, curating, and managing cultural activities. She collaborates with several private galleries and public institutions and through the years has developed a solid net of exchanges with practitioners from different cultural fields. In the context of her professional career in development and research, contemporary art has become more and more of a complex and strategic device to reconsider social and cultural identities. In her curatorial practice, as well as in her teaching job in design and research, the public and private spheres are constantly questioned. Litardi focuses her attention on the artistic process as the main operation through which the world gets reconfigured. She is currently engaged with bringing together her research on public art, institutional critique, and the “collective production of desire” (Henri Lefebvre) with the contemporary debate on art democratisation and on the unconventional user.

The exhibition We will meet in the blind spot is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Aarhus Municipality.
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