Gitte Sætre's oeuvre deals with current and relevant issues, such as climate change, neoliberal ideological patterns, as well as cultural radicalism. Her body of work is characterized by the weight of contemporary society, yet opening room for humor and quiet reflection. It’s an honor for 3.14 to exhibit the new commissioned installation Magic of Seven.
This seven-channel video installation depicts collective exercises involving seven women, juxtaposed with archival material from various wars that unfold. Sætre explores the interaction between collective patterns and individual human actions. The understanding of causality, cause and effect, is a requisite in order to understand war and other major challenges we account, says Sætre. Art can undertake a role in which it challenges the social order and dogma. This is reflected in Sætre's projects, for instance, her performative practices have even mobilized into action.
One of Sætre's intents when conceptualizing Magic of Seven is the inclusion of re-enchantment processes, as a form of restoration of what has been lost, in our otherwise so disenchanted and rationalized, western world. The work presents internal relations, in which intrinsic value and dreams are emphasized. The term disenchantment, by the German sociologist Max Weber, is attributed to a process that has made the world more prosaic and predictable, and less poetic and secretive.
Gitte Sætre is a multidisciplinary artist, working with dialogue based art, performance, photography, video and sound. Her work has been presented in several venues, such as Bomuldsfabrikken, Oslo Kunstforening; House of Foundation as collateral program of Kochi Biennale, India; Media Impact, Moscow; Artic Artforum, Arkhangelsk; Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta; Kongernes Lapidarium, Copenhagen; XX1 Gallery, Warsaw; Pristine Galerie, Mexico.
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Kulturhuset på P2 skriv som innledning til serien ’Trender og Tendenser i Kulturen’: Hva har vasking med politikk å gjøre?
"Gitte Sætre lager sammenheng mellom krig og vaskedamer- og en snakkende elg i sin utstilling på Stiftelsen 3.14."
- Den norske kunstneren Gitte Sætre er kjent for sine performance prosjekter der hun vasker. Hun fikk blant annet stor oppmerksomhet da hun vasket fortauet med det norske flagget utenfor Stortinget i forbindelse med Dali Lama sitt besøk i Norge 2014. Nå er hun aktuell med en ny utstilling med den ladede tittelen Magic of Seven.
> Anmeldelsen på p2 den 6.september er transkribert her: www.gittesatre.com/press.html
> 3,14 Live:
Sunday, August 21st, 14:00-16:00
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Brian Drolet is currently the Executive Director of Deep Dish TV, a non-profit New York based media organization that curates series of video documentaries produced by grassroots independent producers and providing venues to show their work. For the past 30 years Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new democratic empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videographers, programmers and social activists.
Figurations of the Future: Active Time Revisited, by Frans Jacobi.
Frans Jacobi is a visual artist, working with performance, text and images. His performances and installations are often large scaled scenarios with multiple participants addressing to a range of political and societal issues. Since 2012, Jacobi has been professor in time-based media and performance at Bergen Academy of Art & Design. He completed his PhD ’Aesthetics of Resistance’ at Malmö Art Academy/ Lunds University in 2012.