Resistance within the Museum Fauna – a guided tour and performance by EvaMarie Lindahl.

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 2pm and 6pm. Duration: 30 min. Please note that we have limited seats and that the Lecture-Performance will be held in English.

Mendel Levin Nathanson’s Elder Daughters, Bella and Hanna, 1820, by C.W Eckersberg (1783-1853) 
Resistance within the Museum Fauna
is a combined lecture and performance, written and performed by the artist EvaMarie Lindahl. She invites the audience for a guided tour of a virtual world with stops at the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen and Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. During the journey, participants are confronted with a considerable number of animals depicted on paintings that hang on the walls of these art institutions and belong to its collections.

Lindahl's performance sheds light on the dreams and imagined experiences behind portraits of non-human individuals, of animals. Basing herself on a relatively unexplored region of art history, she uses a less anthropocentric and more empathic method is used to imagine what this relationship between the portraitist and the portrayed – the depicting human being and the depicted animal – might mean. Participants are offered a new in-depth experience of the paintings and the choice of motif.

What is it like to be part of art history and its production system of oppression and violence? What happens if we refuse a symbolical reading of beings that were once alive and instead recognise their agency, the need for control over actions and their consequences, that are so clearly reflected in the fauna of the museum?

EvaMarie Lindahl (b. 1976) lives in Malmö. Her research-based practice unites critical animal studies, visual art and activism. Lindahl makes large-scale pencil drawings and text-based performance works, challenging the anthropocentric and patriarchal default positions of art history by correcting, rewriting and inventing new stories. Her method could be called art historical activism. In her ongoing work, Lindahl questions the human/animal dichotomy and discusses the human habit of oppressing other animals by using them as resources and material for art production.

Paula Ludusan Gibe, Curator Education