Kunstplass Contemporary Art [Oslo] December 12, 2020—January 17, 2021
With this exhibition curator Vibeke Hermanrud has made a tribute to the basic element sustaining us all, namely water. We are all bodies of water—and hence connected to each other across time, spaces and species. Our watery bodies are inseparable from other bodies of water, the oceans, and the global pressing ecological wounds and world’s troubled waters. Water is life-giving, but also linked to power structures and politics. The world is experiencing frequent water crises such as droughts, fresh-water shortages, floods, contamination, construction of mega dams leading to displacement, and control over bodies of water. Submerged Portal reflects five artists’ relationships and care for the complex ecosystems which we are all part of, local habitats and the Oslofjord:
// Kristin Bergaust // Elly Stormer Vadseth // Randi Nygård // Tanja Thorjussen // Artist and landscape architect Elin T. Sørensen shows us the timeless beauty of the South African perlemoen abalone shell in an artwork made in collaboration with archaeologist Petro Keene. It reminds us of time’s fluidity, where the marine snail is the ’transport vessel’ into our ancestors’ past and possible futures. The artwork is made within the artistic research project Matter, Gesture and Soul.