In November SPECTA presents three powerful video works by three different artists. With very different points of set off the three artists hit a note which gives them a common tone; they are about relations in a broad sense, between the individual and their surroundings, be it nature, other people, community and the introvert/extrovert.
Please note: All three works can be seen throughout the exhibition period. Each work will in turn be presented as a projection of one week at a time. There will be a mail notification. First presentation on a large scale will be Anna Molskas "The Mourners" November 5 - 13.
The exhibition has been developed with the collaboration of Ángels Barcelona, Spain and Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, Poland.
In her work "The Mourners" Anna Molska filmed a group of women from the countryside who sing and present songs at funerals to emphasize grief. In Anna Molskas video, this song and performance take place in an exhibitionspace at the Centre for Polish Sculpture. With this setting Anna Molska pulls a folk tradition - that which is common and popular -, into the art institution.
Anna Molska (PL, 1983) has already attracted great attention with her works. They possess a particular visual poetry and are very evocative. Anna Molska also draws on the legacy of Russian constructivism, where art should help to create cohesion and involve all aspects of life. Furthermore Molska does not use actors in her videos but ordinary people who operate from a loose script. Her interest is thus in the depiction of how we act and react both from an individual as well as a collective perspective.
In Jette Hye Jin Mortensen's "Tell it the way they tell it" the artist deals with other peoples - biased - way to relate to her. In response to an invitation to participate in an exhibition in Korea, where Jette Hye Jin Mortensen had been categorized as "adoptee artist", JHJM contacted a Danish film director and a team representing a number of other cultural productions. Together they got total creative control over JHJM's contribution and she would act only as a performer and assistant. With a desire for enhanced perception and mutual exchange of ideas the team carried out a collective ritual from JHJM's personal spiritual practice: inter-singular sensibility exchanged through modified Buddhist meditations from JHJM to the director and film crew.
Jette Hye Jin Mortensen (1980, KR/UK) works with inter-disciplinary research and in a conceptually based process. At the heart of her works is the identity and impact from the cultural layer, the identity unfolds in. Hereby Jette Hye Jin Mortensen achieves a focused attention to the underlying mechanisms by which we come to bare in our assessment of what we presented.
In Richard T Walker's work "Hierarchy of relevance" we see a panoramic view of a desert landscape, where individual elements of the landscape: a shrub, a cactus, a stone are brought into focus. This focus is created as the story of a man, overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape, evolves. The video culminates in a piece of music where the artist plays various instruments, each of which addresses the individual elements of the desert landscape.
In his video works Richard T Walker (UK, 1978) depicts large natural landscapes. Using the language, music and performance, he reveals a relationship between us as individuals and the landscape, as something greater than ourselves. And the works appear not least as a generator for a series of questions about our relationship to both our environment - physical and relationships - and our inner nature, the contemplative.