Geograhpy of Voices

Geograhpy of Voices
7 November - 30 November
Studio 44 Stockholm, Paula von Seth, William
Studio 44 Stockholm, Andrea Hvistendahl, Your Move, 2011-14
Studio 44 Stockholm, Gerald Machona, Machona med flagga
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
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Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
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Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
Studio 44 Stockholm
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Studio 44 Stockholm
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Opening Friday 7 November 5-9 pm
Panel talks Wednsday 26 November 6-8.30 pm
New Works presented Saterday 29 November 3 pm

Studio44
Tjärhovsgatan 44, Stockholm, find us.
Gallery opening hours: Wednesday– Friday12–18, Saturday– Sunday12–16.

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G E O G R A P H Y   O F   V O I C E S

ANDREA HVISTENDAHL    PAULA VON SETH    GERALD MACHONA

Speak live to people living in far away countries - from South Sudan to Colombia –  about world issues and the effects of environmental degradation in Hvistendahl’s map-ceiling-installation. Get insights into the conditions for forgiveness – of the self and the other – of slavery and racism in von Seth’s video installation. Experience identity building in a xenophobic South Africa in Machonas Afro Futuristic video work, exhibited in Sweden for the first time.

We need to new maps within our selves and in the world to help us navigate the unknown. In Geography of Voices, von Seth, Hvistendahl and Machona explore environmental degradation and migration in a broad social context. The artists work with the close and distant, the self and the other. Video works, map installations, interactive works, performance art and panel discussions are bound together to create a polyphony of voices.  
The panel discussion on November 26th: Gerald Machone will hold a lecture entitled “ImagiInation” where he explores nationalism and how it relates to the body, identity, and movement across time and space. A discussion of the exhibition themes from a Swedish and a South African perspective with the artists and other panelists will follow.
On November 29th, von Seth, Hvistendahl and Machona’s will show new pieces of work. 

The Geography of Voices exhibit is based on a co-operation with Oracle Actions. Here, von Seth and Hvistendahl develop new artistic methods of running workshops and exhibits. The basis of these new methods is the shift in perspective in how we view resource division and use/abuse of the commons.
 
“To add another dimension to our artistic questions we invited Gerald Machona. He is a well known performance and video artist from Zimbabwe who works in Cape Town. We are pleased to be introducing his artist and non-European perspective to our Swedish audience,” says von Seth.
  
Andrea Hvistendahl
Down to Earth Up with People (2014) is an interactive ceiling installation.
Our culture is driven by that which can be measured and valued, that which can be described in words and proven by science – where everything that is a resource can be sold. To turn around a destructive behavior towards the environment and other people we need to invent new maps internal and external - that we can base our actions on.
In the exhibition space, above the visitor a fragmented sky of maps in different scales hangs down. It makes up a world we do not recognize. From geographical points in the ceiling threads hang down with environmental facts from different parts of the world, as well as telephone lines. Visitors can call and speak live to people in countries, such as Zambia, Guatemala and Nepal on issues concerning, the environment, resources and people’s situation. The convex sky bears the weight of the world’s problems and at the same time carries a promise of a common safety net.

Your Move (2011-2014) is an interactive art piece presented as a board game. It offers insights into local and global issues ranging from war, migration and sustainability to your working place and encourages dialogue between players by visualizing these issues and patterns of society. “Your Move” was used as a tool in a peace and development conferences in Iraq in 2013 and 2014. See the video (3 min http://vimeo.com/92772626 ).

Andrea Hvistendahl lives and works in Stockholm. Through her artwork she helps establish new encounters throughout society. 

Paula von Seth
In the video installation Apology (2007) Paula von Seth presents stories on apology in connection with the bicentenary commemorations of the Abolition Act of 1807. The work was conceived during her residency at Gasworks in London the same year and it is now shown in Sweden for the first time. Von Seth met with people from different backgrounds and professions: a lawyer, a BBC-reporter, a curator at the British Museum, a professor in Sociology, a church family therapist and an artist and group faciliatator.
A springboard for the project was von Seth’s body of research in South Africa 2004 which explores the legacy of apartheid in the lives and practices of contemporary artists. Also her exploration of apology and forgiveness as a performative act, paradox and as an existential power that can allow space for new emotions. In the intersection between the near and the far, the self and the other.

Paula von Seth lives in Stockholm. For a longer period of time she has examined postcolonial issues in conjunction with new commons.

Gerald Machona
Gerald Machona (born 1986) is an emergent performance and video artist from South Africa / Zimbabwe. Machona has developed a unique Afro-futuristic aesthetic in a series of performances and films that investigate issues of migration. He is well known for using devalued Zimbabwean money as a construction material in costumes, sculptures and performance masquerades. In the single channel film and soundtrack of Vabvakure/People From Far Away, Machona explores the experience of xenophobia and alienation. The film is presented as a conundrum that one is asked to engage with. He currently lives in Cape Town and works with Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

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