Last week we arranged our first round table discussion outside of Sweden. We went to Helsinki and hosted a meeting at HIAP.
For this discussion we had invited artists, writers and curators from Finland to take part in the evening event. The event started off with a presentation of SculptureHUB where Josefina shared her experiences as an artist and the urgency of talking about these continuous issues. Sofia then presented thoughts on underrepresentation and different working and non-working strategies of All-women-shows.
Around 20 people attended the event, although the event was open for everyone there was only women in the audience, this can be seen as a further proof of the urgency of the subject. The presentation was followed by an informal round-table discussion where we invited all participants to eat and have a casual talk about women, underrepresentation and sculpture as an expanding field. The discussion became really interesting and went from formulating the problems, concerning ownership, selection and capital to finding solutions and strategies to challenge the current order through 50/50 quotas, anonymity and loudly addressing the problem. After this the discussion organically grew in to a discussion about sculpture itself, as an expanding field and the terminology and mediums that define sculpture. The evolving discussion showed us how important it is to open the discussion from institutional critique to the actual practices. This round-table discussion was very rewarding as everyone shared experiences and opinions, this will help us orient our standpoints and questions for further research.
Following day we had meetings with artists, curators and galleries – everything to give us a broad understanding of various thoughts on the subject. We got valuable feedback on our projects, prospective names and possible collaborations. Overall this first research trip was rewarding for our future work and we would like to thank all participants, everyone who agreed to meet us and HIAP for hosting us.
Text by Sofia Landström
Documentation images by Salla Lahtinen/HIAP
The SculptureHUB is supported by The Nordic Culture Point and the Helsinki meeting is made possible by the support by the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP)