28 – 30 August 2020
Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm
A PUSH FOR CHANGE
The eighth edition of CHART presented a new de-centred art fair format and addressed one of the biggest structural challenges in the art world: gender imbalance.
Adapting to a changed reality in light of the global pandemic, CHART moved from its home venue of Charlottenborg in Copenhagen into 28 of the leading art galleries across the Nordic capitals; Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavík, and Stockholm. Each gallery presented their CHART exhibitions and hosted talks and events in their own gallery spaces during the CHART weekend from 28 - 30 August.
100% WOMEN ARTISTS
In a strong collective statement, all participating galleries showed 100% women artists to highlight the structural challenge of gender imbalance in the art market.
Statistics from the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report 2019 confirmed that the representation of male and female artists at art fairs globally is approximately 76% men to 24% women. With no significant change to this imbalance over the past five years, it seemed evident that a more balanced art market would not develop on its own.
“We understand that no one can solve this challenge alone, but collectively we can push for awareness and insights to inspire us all to think and act differently. Imagine if the entire artistic community could get together to collaborate in new ways, creating a more balanced and diverse art scene. We think it’s worth pushing for - for the benefit of all of us and for society at large,” says Nanna Hjortenberg, Director of CHART.
To connect local galleries, international collectors and institutions, unable to travel and experience the works outside of their home city, CHART facilitated a series of online meetings in the lead-up to the CHART weekend.
“As a regional fair we explore a de-centred version by moving the activities to the local galleries and inviting international collectors and institutions to participate through exclusive, online meetings. In this way we both reconnect the local community and encourage everyone to support the local galleries while we offer an international audience – many of whom are unable to travel – the chance to engage with the galleries in the region,” says Nanna Hjortenberg.
AN ARCHIVE FOR THE FUTURE
A 200-page CHART De-centred reader was published as part of the de-centred edition. The reader features works by 76 exceptional artists presented at the 2020 fair combined with newly commissioned texts from 21 voices from across the art world - historical and contextual pieces, artists' conversations, interviews with collectors and museum directors, critical overviews, diary excerpts, and more.
Writers and contributors include Jennifer Higgie (Frieze Magazine), Kenny Schachter (Artnet), Christian Viveros-Fauné (The New Yorker, Art Review, ArtNews), Zoé Whitley (Chisenhale Gallery, London), Valeria Napoleone (Collector and Art Patron) and Gitte Ørskou (Moderna Museet, Stockholm).
“We hope this publication can stand independently of the fair—it is a critical document of the current state of the art world as seen through the lens of the galleries presented at CHART and their represented artists.” – David Risley, commissioning editor.