CHART EMERGING PRESENTS: I AM OUR COMMON PRONOUN
I AM OUR COMMON PRONOUN takes its title from I Civil (2012), a book by the Danish writer and artist Amalie Smith, which considers the body as a porous container of shards that connect and separate us from the world and each other. This exhibition shares Smith’s exploration of the self in contemporary life: how it is constituted through language — and by extension all modes of representation — and how, therefore, it can also be expanded or broken down in an effort to express identification, empathy, love, and belonging.
Through the work of eleven emerging artists and collectives living in five Nordic countries, this exhibition traces experiences, experiments, and propositions for imagining the self in contemporary society as something constructed and broken apart by networked culture, migration, increased isolation, and gender fluidity. The exhibition presents works that depart from a rigorous self-examination, in which the body is considered a form akin to others; it may function as a medium, thought of in terms of sculpture and/or performance, as a way to consider what it means to identify with the needs, desires, and suffering of others.
This year’s edition of CHART EMERGING is curated by Helga Christoffersen; it is the first public component of a three-year long research project on emerging artists in the Nordic countries, initiated by Christoffersen as a response to CHART’s invitation to organise CHART EMERGING 2017. ‘Emerging’, in this project, refers to artists, who, having completed the formal educational phase of their development, have recently put forth a distinct position within the larger artistic landscape. ‘Emerging’ therefore does not refer to an age as much as a budding moment of artistic development.
I Am Our Common Pronoun was produced through extensive research and travel in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden; it is meant to amplify thematic resonances which emerged between the work of this group of artists. The exhibition, therefore, is not a regional survey, rather, it points to a specific set of concerns. A larger survey of emerging artists in the Nordic countries, which also extends from this research, will follow in book format and as an online resource, forming the next phases of this project.
CHART EMERGING artists include Nanna Abell, Sigurður Ámundason, Zoe Barcza, Mira Eklund, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Yassine Khaled, Helene Nymann, Eirik Sæther, Vidha Saumya, Amalie Smith and the collective consisting of Josefin Jussi Andersson, Klara Ström,and Hannah Wiker Wikström.
CHART EMERGING is supported by Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond, The Augustinus Foundation, Finlands kulturinstitut i Danmark, Frame Finland, The Nordic Council of Ministers, The Nordic Culture Fund, Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen, The Obel Family Foundation, Office of Contemporary Art Norway and SALTS Basel.