Exhibitions 2018

  • Britta Marakatt-Labba

    05 Nov 2018

    Britta Marakatt-Labba: History in Stitches
    17 November 2018 – 13 January 2019

    Britta Marakatt-Labba, born in Idivuoma in 1951, is one of Sweden’s most renowned artists. We are very proud to show her first large retrospective south of the Sami lands.

    Many visitors to last year’s documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel were impressed and touched by the 24 metre-long Historjá (History). Our exhibition features a reproduction of and sketches for this work. Permanently installed at the University of Tromsø, it may be called a contemporary history painting (although it is embroidered, and although it is based on oral tradition rather than on recorded knowledge). Marakatt-Labba’s magnificent frieze oscillates between the verifiable and the mythical. It reminds us, not least, that the history of her own people has long been kept invisible.

    Other works in the exhibition also convey important events: past, present and future. Garjját (The Crows, 1983) visualises protests against the damming of the Alta river in Finnmark, northern Norway, in the early 1980s. Johtin (The Move, 2016) maps how mining forces the move of the entire city centre of Kiruna, already emblematic of colonial resource extraction. Máilmmiviidosaš liegganeapmi (Global Warming, 2009) foresees what may happen to Sàpmi if the average annual temperature rises by just one or two degrees.

    Marakatt-Labba’s themes and her modes of vision connect with Sami reality, but so do her chosen textile techniques: embroidery and appliqué. Her visual stories often converge with what in Northern Sami is called duodji (applied art, design). They are, in other words, political in various dimensions. They challenge and expand the notion of art. They resurrect nearly erased memories, critique contemporary life and warn against possible, undesirable futures.

    Warm thanks to Britta Marakatt-Labba for her involvement and collaboration, and to all the lenders, institutions as well as individuals, on both sides of the Swedish-Norwegian border.

    A smaller version of this exhibition will be shown at Kohta, Helsinki, and Västerbottens museum, Umeå.

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  • Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia

    31 Aug 2018

    Phantom Stories: Leitmotifs of Post-Soviet Asia
    Lunds konsthall 8 September – 4 November 2018

    Choosing the right roadmap to avoid societal or ecological collapse is urgent everywhere, not least in the Central Asian ‘stan countries’ that emerged on the political map after the demise of the USSR.

    Russian and Soviet colonisation brought a modernity that might be called ‘Western’, but Post-Soviet Asia appears to be squeezed between a non-Western past (marked by the nomadic culture of the Turkic peoples, but also by Islam) and a non-Western future (an increasingly assertive China).

    This exhibition brings together lens-based work to explore the still unfolding crisis of modernity in the region: a fundamental insecurity about whether the change one experiences is for better or worse.

    One strategy is to insist on making the obscure visible, whether metaphorically in Elena and Viktor Vorobyev’s (Kazakhstan) readings of visual patterns in everyday environments, or literally in Alexander Ugay’s (Kazakhstan) ‘obscurations’ based on site-specific pinhole photography.

    Another strategy is to follow impulses that, in their apparent silliness, become visual emblems of societal ambiguity. Ulan Djaparov (Kyrgyzstan) does that in his performances. Yet another strategy is to stage audio-visual excursions into a past that might mirror a future, as in Saodat Ismailova’s (Uzbekistan) film about the extinct Turan tiger.

    Geopolitics and artistic strategies apart, the real leitmotif of the exhibition is the elusive but decisive role of artistic agency for our understanding of the world in its obscurity and clarity.

    Curators of the exhibition: Anders Kreuger and Yuliya Sorokina

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  • Environs

    21 May 2018

    Gert Aspelin, Lena Bergendahl, Ingela Ihrman, Anna Ling, Åsa Maria Kraft, Mariana Manner, Ursula Nistrup, Filippa Pettersson, Amalie Smith

    2 June – 26 August 2018

    This exhibition showcases nine artists active in the area surrounding Lunds konsthall. Its title, Environs, alludes to the region around Lund but also constitutes an attempt to regard these environs as equally important as its human inhabitants.

    It is too easy for humans today to retain a self-image as separated from other species, from other organic and inorganic materials. Humanism and the enlightenment helped create anthropocentric views on history and the world. Yet contemporary art, philosophy and science often understand humankind as a small part of a larger whole. The creative human being today tends to be inscribed into the Biosphere in its entirety.

    Environs allows its constituent parts to join each other in twisted, pleated formations. The exhibition connects to algorithms, blossoming cacti, fossils, dying technology, the acoustics of stone, sand, nuclear fission and recycling.

    The participating artists all have diverse backgrounds and modes of expression; they belong to different generations and have chosen different paths in life. Something that unites them is that they all seem firmly rooted in an interest articulated by this exhibition: soil, sand, sediment (and, further down, minerals and fossils) – phenomena that yield energy but also can cause global warming.

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  • Lunds konsthall Ute

    26 Apr 2018

    Joaquín Aras, The Order of Things, 2013, digital video, 2’36”.

    Lunds konsthall Ute – Video Art from Argentina: Joaquin Aras, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Eugenia Calvo, Fabio Kacero, Nicolas Mastracchio, Juane Odriozola

    Lunds konsthall / Lund City 20 June– 16 September 2018 

    Alejandra Aguado (Buenos Aires,1976) is a curator based in Buenos Aires, co-founder and co-director of Móvil, an independent non-profit organisation with a particular focus on experimentation, geared to commissioning young Argentine artists first solo projects. She has in collaboration with Debora Voges from Lunds konsthall curated this year’s Lunds konsthall Ute programme, which will showcase video works by emerging Argentine contemporary artists. Lunds konsthall Ute is a yearly programme of temporary public art installations curated by Lunds konsthall in the city centre.

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  • Qiu Zhijie

    05 Feb 2018

    17 February – 20 May 2018
    Qiu Zhijie. Journeys without Arrivals

    Lunds konsthall is pleased to present Journeys without Arrivals, the first comprehensive overview of Qiu Zhijie, one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation. 

    The wide spectrum of Qiu Zhijie’s artworks—ranging in media and encompassing different temporalities and geographies—reveals an intimate portrait of the artist as a polymath, whose artistic work is an integral part of a larger, holistic approach to life. Embracing the concept of Total Art, he demonstrates the role of art as a powerful engine for coming to terms with globalization in China and across the world.

    Qiu Zhijie has experienced the rapid changes that Chinese society has undergone over the last decades as it has opened itself up to economic and cultural globalization. He draws on ancient pictorial traditions, from calligraphy to handicraft techniques, and pushes them into the present. It is in this context that he represents an ideal example of an artist as a go-between, whose broad ideas and engagements—as an artist, teacher and political activist—become strong, resolute and profound gestures/images of the contemporary world.

    The exhibition is a journey through Qiu Zhijie’s philosophic and artistic universe, but also a more private exploration of his figure and his convictions. It aims at interpreting the work developed by Qiu Zhijie over the past three decades by pinning down what is lost in translation and explaining how the culturally specific can eventually become culturally transcendent. As a self-curator and self-archivist, Qiu Zhijie has closely collaborated with the curatorial team in devising the display of his artworks, which is conceived as a sequence of themes that have never ceased to echo one another throughout his artistic practice.

    Born in Fujian Province, P.R. China in 1969, Qiu Zhijie lives between Beijing and Hangzhou, dividing his time between his artistic production, curatorial projects and academic roles as Professor and Dean of the School of Experimental Art (CAFA), and Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou.

    The exhibition is developed in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven and Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva. 

    Charles Esche, Annie Fletcher, Davide Quadrio

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