Breathing through – An exhibition about the fragility of life, about sorrow and survival
Sooner or later, everyone is hit by a loss, something unexpected and unpredictable takes place and life sh akes you up. The world falls to pieces and nothing is obvious any longer. This wasn´t what was supposed to be. Yet, sorrow is a part of being human and the only remaining thing to do is to breathe through.
This exhibition is about that path and the emotions which must be lived meanwhile.
Museu Alfredo Andersen, Curitiba, Brazil Nov 2016 – January 2017
In 2011 I initiated and took part in the cross-cultural project Ambulastories – The artist as a pilgrim.
Pilgrimage has always fascinated me. The journey itself might be as important as the goal. There are parallels between a pilgrims walk and an artists explorative creative process. Artists, just like pilgrims, take their time to test internal and external borders. They all make research on physically and mentally challenging, unfamiliar roads. The project was conceptualised in 2005. I wanted artists to put the cultural perspective of pilgrims trekking in relation to their own search for purpose and meaning. The idea grew, and took further shape in 2009. Then I asked a number of artists of different ages and with different ways of expression to make a joint pilgrimage in the neighborhood of Skara. During many centuries, pilgrim trails passing Skara led as far as to the Nidaros dome in Trondheim, Norway. After this walk, we shaped the exhibition together trough discussions. Each artist interpreted the topic individually and made his own work. Their artpieces were displayed along with comments and reflections in text. The exhibition included a cultural glimpse of the entire phenomenon of pilgrimage in Christianity as well as in other cultures. Ambulastories took place at the Västergötland Museum in Skara 2011.
We problematized the concept dwelling. What does the word really mean? Is dwelling only a spatial concept? Identity and habitation, do they necessarily belong together? Is dwelling associated with the place from which you come from or maybe the one you´re going to? Women from two different cultures reflectedon these issues and expressed themselves with embroideries and photos. The theme of habitation created a meeting between women from the localities Dragsmark in Bohuslän, Sweden, and the village Katakorr in Gambia. This exhibition brought together the different perspectives and places in a room where also the audience faced the issues. The items in the exhibition were for sale. The proceeds went directly to the women of the Katakorr village. It made possible the purchase of solar cells for more easy irrigation of the dry earth. Promotors, exhibition participants and project managers were Maria Heed and Rakel Heed Styffe.
Seven entrances of man
This is a cross-cultural concept, a meeting between myth and rite. The idea has its roots about a thousand
high facial figure emerges on stage and through its seven entrances one can imagine and see impressions, knowledge and history rushyears back in time. In old time Greenland, belief in man´s seven entrances, eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth has been central. Various forms of pattern in handicraft or for example tattoos, have been symbols of the seven entrances. These entrances conveyed life and knowledge through impressions and through air passing.
After studying folklore and myths, some of which on location in Greenland, the idea of a meeting between sculpture, music and light took form. The music I chose was Ingvar Lidholm´s Rites, which is about basic human questions. During the progress of the music a six meter
The myths of Greenland,
an exhibition about life and death, strong
forces of nature and Inuit everyday life. Greenland at a time when
everything was soulful and possessed of an inner power. The exhibition
consists images, texts, objects, sound and music and aims to provide an
insight into Greenland during pre-Christian times when all things were alive
and had their “inua”, their soul, good or evil. The Inuits has always lived
under strict conditions and everyday life were included to keep in with all
of nature’s invisible forces. The myths Greenland is produced after a
scholarship trip to Greenland during summertime 1999 and exhibited in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Åland, Finland.