A project by Alfredo Jaar
03.09. - 01.11.2015
Stiftelsen 3,14 is honored to present Alfredo Jaar’s project 22 Women in Bergen, in collaboration with SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway.
Thursday September 3rd
3,14 is delighted to announce that Vandana Shiva will be present during the opening of the exhibition and will be joining Alfredo Jaar in a conversation relating to her work and presence in the exhibition.
Opening speech by Therese Jebsen.
Therese Jebsen is Senior Adviser, and former Executive Director at Rafto Foundation, Bergen, Norway.
The Rafto Foundation is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation dedi cated to the global promotion of human rights.
Chilean born, New York-based artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar’s on-going project 22 Women is a further development of his examination of images and their mediating and supportive structures that in turn form our sensibilities.
The project is an expansion of Three Women (2010), an installation in which miniature photographic portraits of three women – Graça Machel (Mozambique), Ela Bhatt (India), and Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma) – are brightly illuminated with an assembly of tripod-mounted, fluorescent spotlights placed in near proximity to each image. 22 Women presents more activists from around the world who are relatively unseen by the powerful amplification of the mass media. Jaar’s installation is not solely a research project into women leading specific social causes – putting them into the spotlight – but also gestures towards that very spotlight as a key factor in the dynamics of our attention and the invisible hand ‘manufacturing consent’. Typically for Jaar’s work, 22 Women presents a difficult tension in which the mediating structures of art and the media rub shoulders, giving no easy answers and instead present a constellation of elements that are both celebratory and contradictory.
22 Women is a work in progress as the artist’s goal is to expand the project to incorporate one hundred extraordinary and outstanding women, on which he will shed a bright light. At 3,14 the installation includes Amira Hass (Israel/Palestine), Bertha Oliva (Honduras), Camila Vallejo (Chile), Hawa Abdi (Somalia), Jenni Williams (Zimbabwe), Kalpona Akhter (Bangladesh), Lina Ben Mhenni (Tunisia), Lydia Cacho (Mexico), Mahnaz Mohammadi (Iran), Malalai Joya (Afghanistan), Mathilde Muhindo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Ni Yulan (China), Olayinka Koso-Thomas (Nigeria/Sierra Leone), Razan Zaitouneh (Syria), Sandra Gomes Melo (Brazil), Susan Burton (United States), Svetlana Gannushkina (Russia), Ta Phong Tan (Vietnam), Tetyana Chornovol (Ukraine), Vandana Shiva (India), and Zainab Alkhawaja (Bahrain).
Alfredo Jaar’s work has been presented worldwide. He has participated in the Venice Biennale (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013) and Sao Paulo Biennale (1987, 1989, 2010), as well as in Documenta (1987, 2002). He has had major exhibitions at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, to name but a few. A major retrospective of Jaar’s work took place in three institutions across Berlin in 2012 (Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V., and Alte Nationalgalerie), and, in 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career to date. 22 Women was previously shown at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway, in 2014-2015. Special thanks to curator Else-Brit Kroneberg.
Booklet presentation of 22 Women >>>
3,14 also has made a ‘reading room’ in the gallery Vault where we present books published by some of the 22 Women, as well as articles about their work.
Book list >>>
Alfredo Jaar will also give a lecture Friday 4th for The UNREST SERIES. It is a lecture-series investigating the flux between art and politics. It is initiated by Professors Brandon LaBelle and Frans Jacobi, at Bergen Academy of Art & Design, KHiB.
Fredag 11. september under KULTURNATT, har vi invitert Hilde Sandvik, kultur- og debattredaktør ved Bergens Tidende, og kunstnergruppen InEpic, til å utfra sine ulike fagfelt, reflektere over verket 22 Women et prosjekt av Alfredo Jaar.
I ”22 Women” brukes store lyskastere til å belyse 22 portretter av kvinnelige aktivister fra ulike deler av Verden. De 22 viktige, modige kvinnene, som på ulike måter bekjemper sosiale forskjeller og brudd på menneskerettigheter, er til tross for sitt engasjement, ukjente for det brede publikum. ”22 Women” setter fokus på viktigheten av disse kvinnenes engasjement, men belyser også deres usynlighet. Hvem er de, hva gjør de, og hvorfor blir de usynliggjort?
Hvordan opplever journalisten dette verket i forhold til de 3 kunstnerne i InEpic gruppen? Det får du svar på i løpet av Kulturnatt!
Programmet er som følger:
Hilde Sandvik, kultur- og debattredaktør ved Bergens Tidende.
InEpic, som består av kunstnerne Bo Magnus, Nina Grieg og Gitte Sætre. Deres tidligere prosjekter har vist hvordan selv de minste gester kan bryte med kroppslige- og psykologiske rammer og arvede strukturer, i både politiske og personlige sammenhenger. Deres arbeider undersøker også koblingen mellom feminisme og demokratiske tankesett.
Thursday, October 1st
As part of Alfredo Jaar’s 22 Women exhibit and Dr. Vandana Shiva’s visit to 3.14, artist groups Soups&Stories, RadioHopesAndDreams, and Clay-Sculpture-and-Bread-Community invite you to join us for a dialogue event on the topic of ecology and feminism.
The event will start off with a pizza dinner prepared by the Clay-Sculpture-and-Bread-Community in the square outside the gallery from 6-7pm.
The dialogue group will begin at 7pm.
Dialogue as method:
A dialogue is an investigative and experimental group conversation with a nonhierarchical structure where consensus is not the goal. Dialogues create a context for conversation in which new and nuanced insights into local and international issues can emerge. The point is not to agree or win over others to one’s point of view, rather it is too listen to each other and share perceptions, experiences, and worldviews. This conversation at 3,14 will lay the foundation for a series of dialogues in Bergen during the upcoming year.
Ecology & feminism:
Part of the project of this dialogue group will be to define the terms ecology and feminism. Topics may include, privatization of natural resources, women’s labor, food production, global warming, transportation, urbanization, migration, animal protection, etc. Drawing on Dr. Vandana Shiva’s ecofeminist perspective, we might explore how the worldview that causes environmental degradation mirrors a worldview that produces a culture of domination, exploitation, and inequality for women.
> 18-19 - Pizza is made and served outside the gallery
> 19-19:30 - Soups & Stories introduce “dialogue” concepts and guidelines
> 19:30-22:00 - Directed dialogue with props, music, and etc...
Our program opens with Clay-Sculpture-and Bread-Community [Pizza Oven pic] and we will make pizza together between 18:00 and 19:00.
The dialogue event will take place in Alfredo Jaar’s “22 Women” installation at 19:00 and will continue until 22:00. The event is to be broadcast live on RadioHopesAndDreams.
Soups & Stories is a dialogue-based art project that has, over several years, experimented with various methods of exchanging experience across diverse social groups in Bergen.
Radio Hopes And Dreams is an artist platform and laboratory for ecological transition. RHAD hosts live events as well as streaming shows via radio broadcasts online.
Clay-Sculpture-and Bread-Community is a group of artists associated with the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) who bake bread and pizza in public contexts using traditional clay ovens. At this event the ingredients for pizzas are sourced from good quality but institutionally discarded ingredients.
Kunsthall 3.14 is a non-profit art institution committed to international exhibitions and partnerships, with an emphasis on contemporary art beyond the Western discourse.
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