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Aoi Yoshizawa: My new family (2012)

My new family is a project where Aoi Yoshizawa has created a collaborative embroidery with her new friends whom she has met after moving to Helsinki last autumn. With an interactive approach to the process, the artist looks into how she relates to these friends who have just become important parts of her life, just as a new family in a new environment. 

Aoi Yoshizawa (b. 1983 Tokyo, Japan) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland.

Photos: Dag Fosse

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Amalia Pica: Unintentional Monument (2010)

Unintentional Monument is a group of sculptures made after homemade television antennas that the emergence of more precise digital technologies has turned into objects devoid of use. The antennas are placed in the museum, thus, as signs of a relationship between technology and craft that is quickly becoming obsolete.

Amalia Pica (b. Neuquén, Argentina) lives and works in London.

Photo: Dag Fosse

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Praneet Soi: Kumartuli Printer Notes on Labour Part 1 (2010)

Praneet Soi invites contemplation of the sturdy relationship between manuality and apparatus, craft and context, which characterizes the workshops of cities in the Third World. His slide show parses out the gestures of a printer’s hands as he interacts with an ancient pedal operated press in Calcutta. As the operator feeds paper into his anachronistic machine, it spits out grainy images of his own hands, immersed in labour.

Praneet Soi (b. 1971 Kolkata, India) currently divides his time between Amsterdam and India.

Photo: Dag Fosse

Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Blue Shield (2011/2012)

The International Committee of the Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. Like classical abstraction, its symbol sought - and still seeks - to speak a universal language. This blue and white crest adorned the doorways of cultural institutions worldwide to prevent their destruction during international conflicts. Akhavan’s work appropriates the symbol, cutting and removing a large section of the gallery wall in its shape. The drywall crest, painted with the Blue Shield triangles, remains absent from the gallery for the exhibition’s duration. Instead, the piece has been installed on the building’s roof.

Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977 Teheran, Iran) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. 

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Ola Vasiljeva: Vestibule (2012)

Vasiljeva’s work broadly references arts&crafts, music, sub-cultures and classical literature. Here she introduces OAOA (The Oceans Academy of Arts), a collective that exists as a platform for ideas on art, which was founded by Vasiljeva in 2008. OAOA creates, collects and shows art with a remarkable absence of any hierarchy between what constitutes an exhibition space, a work of art or even the roles of those involved. 

Ola Vasiljeva (b. 1981, Ventspils, Latvia) lives and works in Amsterdam.

Photos: Dag Fosse

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Hadley+Maxwell: How to kill a Buddha (and other Received Ideas) (2012)

This series of sculptures echo and respond to the antique Chinese sculptures of Buddhist figures collected by general Munthe, now housed at the Permanenten. The works are assemblages of sculptural impressions - fragments “printed” by pressing black aluminum foil onto the more permanent originals - to capture direct, crude impressions of various gestures, poses and symbolic details. The desire is to evoke the ghosts of missing limbs or even to create new figures from these impressions. Ultimately, the work concerns figuration as a conceptual and sculptural enterprise.

Hadley+Maxwell (b. 1973 Toronto/b. 1966 Montreal) have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada in 1997.

Photos: Dag Fosse

Iman Issa: Material for a sculpture commemorating an economist whose name now marks the streets and squares he once frequented (2011)

Part of the Material series (2010-2011)

Material consists of a series of ten small installations in different forms, each presented as a potential alternative structure to an existing monument or memorial. The project proceeds from an interest in the commemorative language used by monuments and memorials in general while constituting an attempt to find forms that better express the personal significance of the figures, events and places represented. In a way, it is a project both influenced by a renewed belief in the symbolic language of commemoration as well as a feeling that the existing monuments in this case have failed in capturing something specific or significant about their subjects and thus the need to present alternative forms.

Iman Issa (b. 1979 Cairo, Egypt) lives and works in Cairo and New York.

Photo: Dag Fosse

Katrine Meisfjord: A Collection of H&M Stories (2012)

Meisfjord has collected stories from people in Bergen, under the theme H&M, involving people from different countries and continents. The collected material includes stories about illiterate people in Bangladesh preferring jobs in textile industry to house keeping work, students in Indonesia gathering 70 000 industry workers in protest marches in 1997, and the Soviet embassy in Oslo, where the storyteller showed up in a slim-fit leopard patterned H&M dress.

Katrine Meisfjord (b. 1966 Bergen, Norway) lives and works in Bergen.

Photo: Dag Fosse

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Siri Brekke: Material Inside Information (2012)

Material Inside Information is the title for all the work taking place at the Permanenten during Siri Brekke’s visit. She has moved her artist’s practice and parts of her studio to the museum for the whole exhibition period. She will take advantage of the museum’s resources and collections and connect them to her craftsmanship and work as a ceramicist. The project also includes a blog, read it here

Siri Brekke (f. 1975 Kirkenes, Norway) lives and works in Bergen.

Photos: Dag Fosse

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Hilde Angel Danielsen: They hang high and are probably sour anyway… (2012)

Danielsen wishes to explore the height of the ceiling - both practically and as a metaphor for the traditions in art, crafts, design and architecture. She chose the truss as the element for her spatial installation, placed in the vestibule of the museum. It’s one of the busiest rooms in the building, a room that we might not pay that much attention to. But it definitely has the highest ceiling. 

Hilde Angel Danielsen (b. 1972 Ibestad, Norway) lives and works in Bergen. 

Photos: Dag Fosse

Goldin+Senneby: Money Will Be Like Dross (1780s/2012)

In the 1780s the mineralogist and Swedenborgian August Nordenskiöld was employed by the Swedish king Gustav III to produce gold through secret alchemical experiments. The gold was intended to finance Sweden’s military and economic expansion, but Nordenskiöld, guided by a different agenda, wanted to produce so much gold that its value would be lost and the “tyranny of money” abolished. One of the few remaining artifacts from Nordenskiöld’s laboratory is a coal burning alchemy furnace. 

Goldin+Senneby (since 2004) is a framework for collaboration set up by the Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby (b.1971).

Photo: Dag Fosse