Bigert & Bergstrom
Anne Szefer Karlsen
3rd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art. It's a forum for the cross-border cultural exchange in the Baltic area. Working with the question and title, the curatorial team aims to deepen the critical dialogue on art and photography between artists, curators and institutions in the region. The artists in this exhibition combine an interest in the apparently unimportant and the desire to evoke important narratives.
3rd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art
Artists in the exhibition: Knut Ã…sdam (NO), Bigert & BergstrÃ¶m (SE, Agnieszka Brzezanska (PL), Aristarkh Chernyshev (RU), Oskar Dawicki (PL), Miklos GaÃ¡l (FIN), Ilkka Halso (FIN), Isabell Heimerdinger (DE), Elsebeth JÃ¸rgensen (DK), Anne Szefer Karlsen (NO), Eve Kask (EE), Joachim Koester (DK), Tatyana Liberman (RU), Wiebke Loeper (DE), Wolfgang PlÃ¶ger (DE), Arturas Raila (LT), Gatis Rozenfelds (LV), Johanna Rylander (SE), Jari SilomÃ¤ki (FIN), Florian Slotawa (DE), Irma Stanaityte (LT)
curatorial team: Dorothee Bienert, Berlin; Lars Grambye, MalmÃ¶/Copenhagen; Lolita Jablonskiene, Vilnius
Ars Baltica is a forum for the cross-border cultural exchange in the Baltic area. Working with the question and title What is Important?, the curatorial team of the 3rd Ars Baltic Triennial of Photographic Art aims to deepen the critical dialogue on art and photography between artists, curators and institutions in the region.
The structural content of the project begins by looking at what is important today for Baltic artists who use the photographic medium. Etymologically, â€œimportantâ€ is that which is valuable enough to be â€œbrought inâ€, in other words, that which the individual or a community searches out and selects for itself.
What is Important? is not a thematic exhibition, but the works chosen do relate a certain artistic attitude. While many artists were concerned with establishing photography as art in the 90s, today, art with photography is one of many artistic strategies. Artists avoid the single representative image or play with it, include the performative and the narrative in their work, and produce image kaleidoscopes or complexes. Photography is not singled out as a specific medium, but is used by the artist, as others use it. In other words, formal issues are less important than the artistâ€™s attempt to extract segments of reality, import and appropriate them, and communicate these to others.
Paradoxically enough, the artists in this exhibition combine an interest in the apparently unimportant and the desire to evoke important narratives. The most different forms of narrative in todayâ€™s Baltic photographic art are established around the following points of crystallisation. On the one hand, there are the stories that deal with the self, or where the public colliding with the private becomes an issue, and in which subjective experience and playful narratives replace the focus on the body typical of the 80s and 90s. On the other hand are the stories in which locations around and beyond the self are a central issue, and where the subjective importance of places supersedes the detached viewpoint on sites, characteristic of the early 90s. Concentrating on the local, the private, and the personal point of view, the artists attribute particular importance to individual territories, not yet absorbed globally or medially.
A catalogue with 160 pages and approx. 150 illustrations is available. The publication in English is conceived as a discussion forum on art and photography in the Baltic region, and encloses text contributions by the artists as well as by Dorothee Bienert, Ekaterina Degot, Helena Demakova, Lukasz Gorczyca, Lars Grambye, Jonas Ekeberg, Anders HÃ¤rm & Hanno Soans, Mika Hannula, Lolita Jablonskiene, Lars Bang Larsen, John Peter Nilsson, Jonas Valatkevicius and Jan Verwoert.
The exhibition has previously been showed in Stadtgalerie Kiel (D); Mecklenburgisches Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Plueschow (D); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (N); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Former Building of the Riga City Council, Riga (LV), Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn (EE), Pori Art Museum, Pori (FIN)
An exhibition project by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Culture of Schleswig-Holstein in collaboration with the Ars Baltica Berlin Office
Exhibition and catalogue have been funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation, Germany; as well as the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin; the Stiftung Kulturfonds, Berlin and the following institutions in the Ars Baltica partner countries: Arts Council of Finland, Helsinki; Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Tallinn; Contemporary Art Information Center (CAIC), Vilnius; Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia (CCF), Riga; Danish Contemporary Art Foundation (DCA), Copenhagen; Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (FRAME), Helsinki; International Artistsâ€™ Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Stockholm; Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), Riga; Moderna Museet, International Programme, Stockholm; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Riga; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, Tallinn; Ministry of Culture, International Relations and European Integration Department, Warsaw; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius; National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow; Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo; Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo
opening: Friday, February 11th 2005, 7-9 p.m.
press preview: Thursday, February 10th 2005, 11 a.m.
Image: Bigert & BergstrÃ¶m, The Waiting Room, 2002
MalmÃ¶ Konsthall - S:t Johannesgatan 7 - SE-200 10 MalmÃ¶
opening hours: 11 a.m. - 5p.m., Wed 11 a.m. â€“ 9 p.m