Flag Stavanger is an ongoing outdoor flag project involving 60 Norwegian and international artists, each making a statement with their own specially designed flag, which will be flown outside of Kunsthall Stavanger during 2014. Every Sunday at 11 am we invite our audience to participate when a new flag will be flown.
The project addresses citizenship, and asks key questions about identity and nationality. Flags are strong symbols of power used both in warfare and celebration, with many rituals connected to them. The symbolic value in raising or burning a flag is universal, and the use of colors and symbols in flags has a long and complex history, studied in the field of vexillology. The artists involved in the project take on these concerns when exploring the flag as a medium, whilst pursuing the themes of their own work. Watch out for flags fluttering above you when visiting or passing by Kunsthall Stavanger.
Artists include Jørund Aase Falkenberg, Azar Alsharif, Rosa Barba, Javier Barrios, Are Blytt, Marco Bruzzone, Danilo Correale, Espen Dietrichson, Leander Djønne & Lars Korff Lofthus, Ida Ekblad, Sammy Engramer, Serina Erfjord, Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Kjersti Foyn, Ulrika Gomm, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Jeannine Han & Dan Riley, Tamara Henderson, Lisa Him-Jensen, David Horvitz, Marianne Hurum, Toril Johannessen, Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf, Ingeborg Kvame, Erik Larsson, Else Leirvik, Malin Lennström-Örtwall, Gabriel Lester, Lewis & Taggart, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen, Anna Lundh, Cato Løland, Cameron MacLeod, Sanya Kantarovsky & Liz Magic Laser, Jumana Manna, Dillan Marsh, Kyle Morland, Santiago Mostyn, Randi Nygård, Raqs Media Collective, Borghild Rudjord Unneland, Athi-Patra Ruga, Arne Rygg, Andrea Spreafico, André Tehrani, Sandra Vaka Olsen, Mathijs van Geest, Kjersti Vetterstad, Lina Viste Grønli, Christian von Borries, Bedwyr Williams, Magnhild Øen Nordahl and Stian Ådlandsvik.
Flag Stavanger is curated by Randi Grov Berger and co-presented by Entrée. It is the fourth edition of the flag project. The first edition took place in Bergen in 2012, the second in the small village of Nesflaten in 2013, and the third in New York City in 2013 as part of the official program of Performa 13.
For his exhibition Landscape, which took place at Kunsthall Stavanger during July and August 2014, the Swiss artist Nicolas Party combined site-specific installations with paintings and drawings inspired by Stavanger artist Lars Hertervig (1830 – 1902) to create a new landscape within the Kunsthall's five galleries. Landscape has now closed, but the four rooms containing wall works referencing Hertervig's paintings will be kept on display until November 2014.
Hertervig is one of Norway's most highly regarded Romantic painters, and the largest collection of his work belonged to Stavanger Kunstforening (now Kunsthall Stavanger), where it was displayed in the “Hertervig Room” until 1990, when it was donated to the Stavanger Art Museum. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the artist’s rediscovery after living most of his life in obscurity. Landscape is an homage to Hertervig and the history of Stavanger Kunstforening.
Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Switzerland) currently lives and works in Brussels. Party’s solo exhibitions include Still Lives and Big Naked Women at Gregor Staiger in Zurich 2012; Still Life, Stones, and Elephants at the Swiss Institute in New York, 2012; Dinner for 24 Elephants at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2011; and Elephants at the Woodmill, at The Woodmill, London 2011.
Tamara Henderson and Santiago Mostyn Sans Tête Au Monde
“His head - on the ground - has grown and changed into a sculptural bronze rendering of itself...”
In a new project created specifically for Kunsthall Stavanger, artists Tamara Henderson and Santiago Mostyn blur the line between dreams and reality, art and life. Roughly translated as ‘Headless into the World’, Sans Tête Au Monde is a collaborative project consisting of a 16mm film projection, sculptural installation, and collected book works. The sculptures, created through dream-induced design processes, serve both as props in the film and as markers in the gallery space, thereby transporting the viewer into the film’s scenography and further transgressing the boundaries between fiction and fact.
The process of collaboration is key to both Henderson and Mostyn; the dynamic exchange of conversation and information with their peers and friends is fundamental to their creative practices. In the midst of constant technological networking, the artists explore far more subtle and intuitive connections. Through their work, the artists offer the audience a fresh way of seeing and contextualizing their present experiences.
Sans Tête Au Monde is a new installation commissioned by curator Heather Jones specifically for Kunsthall Stavanger. Conceived of as part performance, film, sculpture and immersive experience, the project serves as an experiment in generative exhibition practices.
Tamara Henderson (b. 1982) is a Canadian artist recently graduated from the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm. In her sculptures and 16mm films everyday items such as vessels and chairs are manipulated and animated to perform functions that, whilst originating in the everyday, appear to arise from the subconscious. Last year her work was shown at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel and at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany. Earlier this year she had a solo show at Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany. Tamara Henderson was nominated for this year’s Canadian Sobey Art Award.
Santiago Mostyn (b. 1981, San Francisco) is an artist and photographer who makes prints, videos, and books based on personal interactions with subcultural communities throughout the world. His recent work has tapped into his upbringing in rural Zimbabwe and Trinidad and has included large scale installations and performances of sculptures drawn from intuition and collected personal and cultural histories. Mostyn is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and has exhibited internationally at venues including Mass MoCA, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Art Basel Miami Beach and Fotografiska, Stockholm.
Heather Jones is an independent curator based in New York. She is currently the Exhibitions Coordinator at Independent Curators International (ICI). In addition, she is a co-curator of Constellation Projects, co-founder and editor of Contemporary Art Stavanger and volunteer Curatorial Assistant at Kunsthall Stavanger. She is the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department. She studied in the United States, South Africa, and Sweden and received an MA in Curatorial Studies from Stockholm University and a certificate in Architectural History and Theory from the Royal Art Academy, Stockholm. She was previously a Master Apprentice for the studio of Sol Lewitt and Studio Manager for the artist Swoon.
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