ONGOING & UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:
If Seeing is Believing
Fullersta Gård, Stockholm
11 November 2017 - 4 March 2018
Windy Fur Rundgren, 2017
Lena Bergendahl (SE)
Petra Cortright (US)
Toril Johannessen (NO)
Windy Fur Rundgren (SE)
Mykola Ridnyi (UA)
Aleksandra Vajd (SI) & Hynek Alt (CZ)
Contrary to what one might think, vision is no mere act of passive perception but in fact is a process of active construction, where previous experiences, cultural identity and personality play a big part. If Seeing is Believing is a group exhibition that focuses on the biological processes behind sight, how the eye interplays with the brain as well as how this links to psychological and cultural processes. The artists also brings up the seemingly unconscious procedure of making images in our mind and the mindful endeavor to create images and work with optics, technique and media to understand and influence reality.
The exhibition is produced with support from The Czech Centre and Curatorial Program for Research
The (L)one and Only
Galería Ruby, Buenos Aires
July 15, 2017
Elin Magnusson - Act on Instinct (2013), 16 min
Catti Brandelius - The Suburban Indian / Förortsindianen (2012), 9 min
Jenny Palén – Spacerabbbit (2015) 23 min
Roxy Farhat - I'm in Love (Zhala), 4 min
Elin Magnusson, still from Act on Instinct (2013)
The artists taking part in the video screening The (L)one and Only all reflects on the position of the individual in relation to the collective. The protagonists in the stories are female and the collectives they are relating to, or refraining from, aren’t organized political entities, but instead a general community of women, neighbours or the family. Groups offer power, safety and a sense of meaning, but societies also forms norms that can be challenging to live up to.
The individual has a strong position in Swedish society, but statistics prove that we have problems with loneliness and depression. Also often said to be the most progressive and equal country in the world, Sweden is still a site for political, economical and cultural struggles. Endeavours for solidarity are more crucial than ever, as we are currently experiencing cultural division, an increasing difference between poor and rich and new challenges for various groups in society.
The (L)one and Only is a collection of works by Swedish artists, referring to experiences that are individual, specific to a local context and being female. Concurrently the need for community is general and global and the selection is made to evoke reflections beyond the contexts where the videos are produced and the artists’ biographical positions.
Curatorial Program for Research, CPR 2017: the Baltic Sea
Part of the selection committee together with Carmen Ferreyra, CPR Director and Founder; Karin Laansoo, Director, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center and Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Independent Curator and Founding Director Curatorial Residency in Stockholm (CRIS).
RECENT NEWS & ACTIVITIES:
January 7, 2017
Book release "Between Places" at SALT Galata, Istanbul
An anthology compiling reflexions about how identity is made and performed through the movement of the self and/or experiences of places under transformation. Parts of the book consists of reflections that is directly or indirectly relating to the project IdentityLab that was initiated by Cuguoğlu and Ewerlöf and was executed in Sweden and Turkey in 2016.
Edited by Naz Cuguoğlu and Susanne Ewerlöf
Contributors: Fikret Atay, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Ferhat Özgür, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Liv Strand, Can Sungu and Lisa Torell. Design by Erik Månsson
Book release "Between Places" at Konstfrämjandet, Swedenborgsgatan 1, Stockholm.
December 2-3, 2016
Exchanging Notes Pt II : Making Memories
A two-day event at Norrköping Art Museum for artists and audiences with talks, artist presentations, performance and a video screening. Exchanging Notes is a project that aims to gather local and international artists and give the audience in Norrköping an insight to international art scenes.
The project is a collaboration between Verkstad konsthall and Iaspis and Part II is curated by Susanne Ewerlöf and Mykola Ridnyi.
December 1, 2016
Glöggmingel at Iaspis, in collaboration with Verkstad konsthall
Iaspis, Maria skolgata 83, 2 tr, Stockholm
Presentation by visiting artists from Ukraine; David Chichkan, Lada Nakonechna, Oleksandr Burlaka, Mykola Ridnyi, Oleksiy Radynski and Yevgenia Belorusets.
Selected to participate in the Curatorial Program for Research 2016: Eastern Europe together with Melissa Aguilar (Colombia), Rosanna del Solar (Peru), Joseph Gergel (US/Nigeria), Emma Hazen (US), Pedro Portellano (Spain/Germany), Mariana Rodrнguez Iglesias (Argentina), and Alessandra Troncone (Italy). CPR is a fully funded research scholarship including travels to Kiev, Prague and Warsaw.
An exchange- and research project that will engage Swedish and Turkish artists and take place in various sites in the two countries. A collaboration between Verkstad and the Istanbul-based Art Space maumau and the Turkish Curator Naz Cuguoğlu.
Participating artists: Liv Strand and Can Sungu
Project Blog: https://identitylabproject.wordpress.com
Participation in Tandem Turkey, an exchange project for Cultural Managers from EU-countries and Turkey
Review of Escaping Space in the online magazine Konsten.net.
May 28 - October 2, 2016
Group Exhibition at Fullersta Gård, Huddinge. Participating artists: Louise Blad, Kah Bee Chow, Paul Fägerskiöld, Harpa Dögg Kjartansdóttir, Katarina Nord, Jenny Palén, Maja Rohwetter and Aykan Safoğlu
May 20-21, 2016
IdentityLab Session //A two-day Art Event in Istanbul. More information.
Participating Artists: Fikret Atay, Nancy Atakan, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Elmas Deniz, Işıl Eğrikavuk, Katarina Pirak Sikku, Liv Strand, Can Sungu, Lisa Torell, Ferhat Özgür
Curators: Naz Cuguoğlu and Susanne Ewerlöf
May 7-29, 2016
Sälen i labyrinten // The Seal in the Labyrinth
Signe Johannesen, solo exhibition at Verkstad konsthall, Norrköping
April 21-24, 2016
Lena Bergendahl - Displacements of the Visible
Verkstad konsthall at Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm
Verkstad konsthall has recieved a grant from the Swedish Institute's Creative Force Program to further develop the IdentityLab project in Istanbul
February 13-14, 2016
Exchanging Notes, Part I - Seminar on Artistic Production in relation to Identity
The seminar took place in Norrköping, at the Art Museum and Verkstad konsthall and was organized in collaboration with Iaspis - The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists. It was the first in a series of international seminars that will take place in 2016. The public part of the program included a performance by Liv Strand and Marcus Doverud, a screening and Q&A with Can Sungu (TUR) and a lecture by Fikret Atay (TUR)
The following Artists participated in the dicussions led by Liv Strand:
Silje Figenschou Toresen, Mattias Åkeson, Annika Kupiainen, Babak Salimizadeh, Marcus Doverud, Elin Magnusson, Lisa Torell, David Larsson, Erik Berggren (Curator, Museum of Forgetting), Bodil Axelsson (Researcher, LiU)
7-29 November 2015
Begränsningens anatomi, solo exhibition with Liv Strand at Verkstad konsthall.
September 26- October 11 2015
Exi(t) - Sindri Leifsson
Lessons - Unni Gjertsen
Exhibitions at Verkstad konsthall produced in collaboration with Norrköping Air
1 month visit at Residency Unlimited, New York City
"Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. We forge strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators. Residents benefit from our diverse network of partners, which allows for flexibility, customization and access to a wide range of services and resources including but not limited to studio/workspaces."
Grant from Helge Ax:son Johnsson's Foundation will support a one-month long residency in New York in August
Grant from Claes och Greta Lagerfelts stiftelse for upcoming activities at Verkstad Art Space.
Grant from Gertrude and Ivar Philipsson Foundation for a one-month long residency in New York in August.
Becoming by Recalling has been rewarded a grant from the Swedish Arts Council to develop the project further. The Curator and Project Manager Susanne Ewerlöf will visit Residency Unlimited in New York City in August and plan for a future US version of the exhibition. One aim is to try the concept and see how issues like the link between cultural heritage and national identity work in a new context. Future presentations of the project may alter in size and engage the same or other artists than in the Swedish version. The Art Council’s grant also supports the exhibition Becoming by Recalling - Att bli genom att blicka bakåt at Passagen Konsthall and other venues in Linköping (May 23- August 9 2015)
Verkstad Art Space and Susanne Ewerlöf has been selected to participate at Tandem Cultural Managers Exchange in Turkey. Partner Forum will take place in İzmir on 11-14 June, 2015. Based on relevant skills, experience and matching potential, a balanced mix of 32 participants (16 participants from Turkey and 16 participants from EU) has been invited to find a matching partner at the Partner Forum. After identifying their potential partner, Tandem pairs submit their collaboration plans to continue to the main phase of the TANDEM programme for the next one year.
The project Becoming by Recalling has been granted seed funding from The Swedish Institute’s Creative Force program. The grant enables the artist Mykola Rydnyi’s participation in the exhibition in Passagen Konsthall, Linköping as well as a the seminar May 26. Curator Susanne Ewerlöf will be able to visit Ukraine and the non-profit art organization Yermilov centre to discuss further collaborations.
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