Exhibition Grief November 4 - November 18
November 17 from 15:00 - ca. 16:30
Artist talk with Mia Irmgard Klit (the talk will be in Danish)
“Dreams from a hospital bed” is a common project and cooperation between the sisters Mia Irmgard Klit & Torill Marie Irmgard Klit. The project is presented in the exhibition Grief as a visual installation, video and handmade artist book. The works are also part of Mia’s ongoing studies at Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London.
The project is based on real events that took place while Torill went into a coma after an appendectomy, where dreams were discovered to be more fact than fiction. After the coma, she was consequently diagnosed with a severe form of poly-neuropathy, an untreatable neurological disease, that leaves the body to heal itself. Like branches on trees, the nerves must naturally grow back for the body to regain its mobility. Until then, her body is condemned to its breathing, but static and simultaneously deteriorating form.
The talk will be a combination of lecture and story reading. It will be about how photography, in various ways and contexts, has been used to process sadness. How the project has impacted Torill’s and Mia’s sorrow process.
The talk will also touch how others has used photography in their sorrow process. Sarah Martel and Lori Ives-Baine, who used the photograph as a benefit to families with children in intensive care units, as studies showed that this was the best method in their grief-processing process due to the memorable quality of photography. Rosy Martin and Jo Spence, who developed phototherapy in the 80's as a way to break with gender roles, family relationships, age, sexuality, belonging, memory, shame, health and illness, as well as sorrow and loss. Jo Spence survived breast cancer, but later died of leukemia.
How do we communicate complex medical matters by taking on a combined visual and medical sociological approach? The artists investigates in the project “Dreams from a hospital bed” how to combine photography with dream-based poetic literature. And, in a different way, communicate a patient´s experience of being in a coma, as well as choosing life over death. As opposed to taking on a documentarian approach, this project is focused on using a more artistic methodology to communicate real-life experiences that were interpreted through dreams.
NW Gallery is also pleased to present a very special and unique performence:
Visual sound poetry in dialog with time, space and place.
Vocalist Randi Pontoppidan will perform a sound voyage together with the exhibition Griefs art works and each artists universe. Soul will be feeded with Randis beautiful voice from within.
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Opening hours Wed-Fri 13-18 and Sat-Sun 12-15
- And the ways we deal with grief
Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune or deep disappointment. It affects most of us at some point in life. Young as old. Grief is a part of life.
To say goodbye to a human being, to life, a body part, consciousness, a property, an affiliation, a job, a country or identity freedom.
Still grief is filled with myths and, especially in our western society, it is taboo and we find it very difficult to share and talk about our emotions related to grief.
How do we grief?
And how do we deal with grief?
Can we find meaning in grieving?
How do we go on with our life after grief?
In this group exhibition artists explore how creating art can be a source for working yourself through a crisis of personal grief.
By depicting grief and the healing process, the artists goes to their inner self; investigates, search and in a personal way show ways to deal with grief and pain. It can be by travelling physically or mentally, turning the camera onto themselves, using their own bodies and faces, to go through archives and diaries, organic material, to make symbols to describe their emotions and pure expressions and to analyze dreams and memories.
The projects touches the process of healing, to look death in the eye, to be angry, sad, to let go, to accept, to loose control, how to go on living after grief. And it reminds us to live life fully when we have it and asks questions regarding the right to choose life or not.
The presence of absence.
With this exhibition we want to open up for more openness regarding concealement, shame and forgiveness.
Images and grief.
We all use images and photographs in one or another form when dealing with grief. We use images to remember, to repeat, to symbolize, to make a ritual and to give comfort to manifest and put a sentence.
During the exhibition there will also be an interactive installation where public can bring a photograph to symbolize their grief and light a candle in memory.
TALKS: 17.11 there will be talks and music relating to grief.
More information will follow...
Exhibition "FAMILY MATTERS"
June 7 - 17 2018
"Through stories and trees -
we are all in a family herd, dealing with intimate relations.
It may be our strength or our weakness, our joy or our longing sadness of something lost or broken.
In this group show, the artists turn to their own family roots, and its spoken or unspoken stories.
Using the form of handmade books, found photos from old albums, mixed media or staged, documentary and diaristic images.
They ask, in sensible ways,
how all the stories have influenced their own lives and identity."
photography - mixed media - artist books
With Line Hjorth - Sara Skorgan Teigen - Jacob Aue Sobol -
Birk Thomassen - Daisy Løvendahl - Nina Worren and Emilie Morgan
Guest: Blankt Papir
1366 Copenhagen K
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