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Communities in Movement

Brandon LaBelle (US), África Nieto (SP), Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (RO),
Annette le Fort (DE), Borghild R. Unneland (NO), Catalina Mahecha (CO), Daniela Custrin (RO), Eamon O'Kane (DK), Fátima Cué Pérez (SP), Gabriela Alonzo (UY), Irina Radu (RO), Israel Martínez (MX), Judit Mendoza Aquilar (SP), Katía Truijen (NL), Laure Severac (FR), María Escobar (SP), María Isabel Hernández Diaz (SP), María García Ruiz (SP), Nico Dockx (BE), Octavio Camargo (BR), Ohiana Altube (SP), Paco Lidón (SP), Paula Pérez Martín (SP), Raúl de Marcos (SP), Sandra Simancas Punzón (SP), Silvia Hernández Delgado (SP), Sveinung Unneland (NO), Rosa Schützendorf (DE), Leen Hammenecker (NL), Quote–Unquote (RO), Yota Ioannidou (GR), Annie Pui Ling Lok (CN), Catalina Tello (CL), Robertina Šebjanič (SI), Laura Benítez Valero (SP), Vanessa Lorenzo (SH), Óscar Martín (SP), Kailin Badal Thomas (CL), Lily Errant (US), Pamela Moraga (CL), Jorge de la Hoya (US), Vicente Colomar (SP), Antonio Gómez (SP), Gentian Meikleham (GB)

Conceived by Brandon LaBelle


From bands of teenagers gathering at night to neighborhood garden initiatives, from solidarity expressed across nation-states to underground libraries of forbidden books, what constitutes community is less clear than often imagined. Rather, community
– a being-in-common – is more a movement than an identity, more an ecosystem than a castle, providing support and mutual aid as well as the courage to do more for others.

Following the writer Stavros Stravides’ notion of community as threshold, which fosters encounters and negotiations with others, the exhibition brings together selected creative materials and artifacts capturing the activities of the artistic research project Communities in Movement (2019–2023). The project aims to ask what it means to be in community through staging forms of collaborative experimentation across different sites. This has included creating specific research frameworks, such as radical sympathy, experimetal gatherings, the listening biennial, and party studies, through which practices and discourses emerge.

The project poses community as a verb rather than a noun, as something one does or undergoes rather than represents. Community, in this way, is understood as a profoundly creative act, one that works at holding together, nurturing, defending, and accepting the weight and potentiality found in collective power, however temporary or small, hidden or outspoken. While community may name itself, knowing of itself in particular ways, it equally pushes against its own boundaries.
Community is, as the activist and writer carla bergman suggests, grounded in a form of political love, which is tensed by sharing and disappointment, joy and envy, desire and daily care.

The exhibition is staged in three chapters, each of which presents a specific set of works and themes. Under the titles, Self-Built, Exit, and Creature, the three chapters express ways of performing community, from improvised constructs of dwelling to methods of escape to creative forms of becoming.

Each chapter opens with The Pirate Academy, an event with presentations and performances with invited guests over multiple evenings. The Pirate Academy brings together artists, activists and scholars, and inspires to challenge dominating perspectives and practices with art and discussions.

The exhibition is conceived by Brandon LaBelle. He is an artist, writer and theorist working with questions of social life and cultural agency, using sound, performance, text and sited constructions. LaBelle develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. This leads to interventions and performative installations, voice work, and micro-actions aimed at the sphere of the (un)common and the unlikely. His current research projects focus on sonic agency, voice and the mouth, poetic knowledge, commonism and the aesthetics and politics of invisibility.

Communities in Movement: Program

First chapter: Self-Built

Thursday November 2, 18.00, Exhibition opening
November 2–4, 19.00–22.00, The Pirate Acdemy* with the artists Katía Truijen and Israel Martínez
November 5–27, Normal opening hours

Second chapter: Exit

November 27–29, Kunsthall 3,14 is temporarily closed while remaking the exhibition
Thursday, November 30, Reopening the exhibition with normal opening hours: 12.00–17.00
Desember 1–2, 19.00–22.00, The Pirate Academy* with Nico Dockx, Rosa Schützendorf, Leen Hammenecker and (in honor of) Laure Severac
December 3–17, Normal opening hours
December 18 –January 1, Kunsthall 3,14 is closed for the holidays
January 2 –January 7, Normal opening hours

Third chapter: Creature


January 8–10, Kunsthall 3,14 is closed while remaking the exhibition
January 11– February 4, Presentation of the third chapter, Normal opening hours

January 11–12, The Pirate Academy* 19.00–22.00 with Brandon LaBelle and Catalina Mahecha

January 12–14, as part of the exhibition, dancer Catalina Mahecha will perform live in the gallery space, exploring the theme of Creature, 13.00–15.00

Read Rita Agdal's opening speech in the exhibition opening 2.11.2023:

*The Pirate Academy brings together artists, activists, scholars and the public, and inspires to challenge dominating perspectives and practices with art and discussions.

The project is supported by the Norwegian Artistic Research Program, and the Faculty of Music, Design and Fine Art, University of Bergen.


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