Saturday May 14th at 2:30-4pm, Galleri Box in Göteborg, Sweden
In our fifth Sculpture Talk we expanded upon the field of sculpture and presented Sisters of Jam - Mikaela Kristensen in dialog with Karolina Pahlén curator at Borås Art Museum. We also showed part of S.O.J video installation from Kate Millett Farm. “It takes a million years to be a woman”, video 10 min. The talk also included The Temporary Separatists - artist Rose Gibbs and Sofia Landström.
The discussion took departure in the women collective Kate Millet Farm and the evolution of that community to expand into the ideas of sisterhood and working in collective. The dialog continued to revolve around the pros and cons with all-women-shows as a strategy to make women artists more visible especially when organizing exhibitions that does not have clear feminist or women issues as the core concept to tie the artists to one another. Since our sculptureHUB research and in extension the series of talks can be seen as explorations of different strategies for making women sculptors and artists visible, this conversation served as a good way of tying up the lecture series that have touched upon varying subjects such as; material, aesthetics and social practice.
Documentation images by Martin Hultén
S.O.J Video Still from “It takes a million years to be a woman”
S.O.J. – Sisters of Jam was founded in 2008 by Moa and Mikaela Krestesen they have been working in interdisciplinary art projects using multiple media – photography, video, drawing, installation and text – in an ongoing investigation of community, solitude, historiography and continuity. Their work seeks to address a feminist dialogue over generations and geographies. A dialogue that is both virtual and allegorical; that reaches backwards and forwards and at the same time tells us something new. Sisters of Jam use collaborative work methods to overcome boundaries of genres and become wider, greater and stronger. www.sistersofjam.com
Karolina Pahlén is since 2010 curator for moving image at Borås Art Museum. With an education in visual art, film and curating at the International Center of Photography (NYC, University Collage of Arts (Sthlm) and the University of Stockholms , her curatorial practice focuses on the moving image as well as the creation of platforms for art and knowledge production. Amongst her latest curatorial projects are; the Screens & mirrors, exhibition at Borås Art Museum; Archaelogy & Exorcisms: Moving Image and the Archive, seminar and publication with Steven Cairns (ICA, London), the exhibition Syster in which Sisters of Jam participated and they are also collaborating in the project IN 21ST CENTURY ZESTERHOOD. http://systerboras.blogspot.se/2014/11/antligen-far-vi-ta-plats.html
Rose Gibbs uses sound intervention, sculpture and participatory performance as a way to consider the possibilities of consciousness-raising. Most recently she has used speech and the voice as a way to explore how iteration and re-iteration affects our feedback loops. She questions if we can become something other than we are, if we can escape our own reflexive loops, by experiencing and speaking other people´s words. She uses the voice to explore the space between the collective and individual experiences of identity, inviting participants to join communal readings. Similarly her objects become an invitation for group making, where the object can serves as a vessel for temporary community and conversation, creating a provisional space or carrier for a coming together in group action. All of these are attempts to reconsider the dual program of feminism: both a method that seeks to recognize gendered group treatment, while also finding a route to autonomy and liberation from such categorization, where these two aims are often felt to be at odds with one another. Her practice seeks to reflect and harness this oscillating movement in an attempt to disrupt ideological hegemony without resting easy.
London based Rose Gibbs has organized the discussions; Taking Up Space –Women Only Shows – hosted by The Contemporary Art Society and Central Saint Martins, as well as a Reproducing Motherhood at Shoreditch House. Recent performances have included Performing Protest, Becoming Radical and Slogans for Becoming at The Function Room London, and Invitation at Wysing Art Centre. She writes a blog for Huffington Post, and works with the grass roots feminist activist organization The East London Fawcett Group and in 2013 was director of The One Billion Rising Arts Festival. www.rosegibbs.com
The talk is part of the series of talks with sculpture focus organised by Josefina Posch - sculptureHUB / Snowball Cultural Productions during 2015/16 in collaboration with Galleri Box also supported by Göteborg Stads Kultur.