Some time ago I was asked to co-curate a beneficiary exhibition in support of the Gaza Municipality Artificial Limb Center. I accepted before the sentence was uttered in full. In the end, my "co-curation" only means that I have chosen one artist (Nedko Solakov) and has helped out with a few small advises. That does not keep me from being proud that Leif-Magne Tangen, my friend and the director of the institution Tromsø Kunstforening, pulled this one off in a very short time. Some pretty damned good artists there too (including my partner, Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, chosen by Leif-Magne). I sincerely hope that people will buy the (really nice looking) silk-screen prints for a good price so that we can bring in some much needed extra money for the Gaza Municipality Artificial Limb Center. I want to say that twice. And again. I'll post some jpegs of the prints below, as well as the official press release.
A beneficiary exhibition in support of Gaza Municipality Artificial Limb Center
November 7th – December 21st
Opening: November 7th, 8 pm - 10 pm.
Opening speech Dr. Mads Gilbert
Artists: Tanya Busse, Jan Christensen, Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Loretta Fahrenholz, Aage Gaup, Kenneth Goldsmith, Emilija Skarnulyte, Nedko Solakov, Kristin Tårnesvik, Gabriela Vainsencher
The beneficiary group exhibition Gimme Shelter features silkscreen works by ten internationally renowned artists specially commissioned for the occasion.
The exhibition took it's point of departure from Aage Gaupʼs installation entitled Gimme Shelter, 2004. The installation was shown in the same year for the first time at Tromsø Kunstforening as part of the Mási Group retrospective exhibition. The installation consists of a soap stone sculpture and two square plywood objects. The sculpture represents a figure, cowering and protecting it's head with its hands. The figureʼs cringing pose can be read as an expression of an ‘existential attitude’, the style of carving can also be read as a reference to 'primitivism' in art; in light of the artist's personal background this reads as a reference to the Sámi people, who have for the longest time been considered to be ‘primitive’ by the state of Norway. Initially, the plywood objects both resemblance a coffin, painted black on the outside with their lid across. This does invoke images of what the Palestinian people have been dealing with for the last 40 odd years, and their grief for the loss of their leader, Yassir Arafat in the very same year, and to express the unjustness carried out against them. There is a parallel to the Sámi fight for independence (as a people). Centrally placed, the installation will once again be exhibited at TKF, and the framed silkscreen prints will be evolving around it.
The cities of Tromsø and Gaza have been partners in the Twin City Project since 2001 and they have done several projects together spanning the last thirteen years. The occupation of Palestine has to end, and Tromsø Kunstforening want to help give monetary support to the medical community of Gaza by donating the surplus of print sales to Gaza Municipality Artificial Limb Center. Proteseverkstedet, as it’s called in Northern Norway, has a strong support in Tromsø, and after the latest 50-day war on Gaza (where, again, a disproportionate amount of civilians, and in particular children, lost not only their homes and family, but also limbs) - financial aid is very much needed.
The silkscreen print edition (of 35 + 15 AP) comes in DIN A2 (59 x 42cm) format and will be numbered. All surplus from sales will go directly to the support of the Gaza Municipality Artificial Limb Center.
The exhibition is curated by: Power Ekroth, Hanne Gudrun Gulljord and Leif Magne Tangen.
For press or sales inquries please contact Leif Magne Tangen on +47 454 10 545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to preview art works, please see here: http://bit.ly/Gimmeshelter-showroom