Festival Exhibition 2015 Opening Party Landmark  Klubb

Inngang etter 23 er gratis og åpen for alle!
Tiden går (2015) / Time Passes (2015)
46 min.

Visninger / screenings
kl. 20.10
kl. 21.00

Taler på Landmark / speeches in Landmark
kl. 22.00

DJ Hedda the Head & DJ Sanhueza
Inngang etter kl.23 er gratis og åpen for alle! Entrance after 23 is free and open for all!

Ane Hjort Guttu is the 2015 Bergen International Festival artist. This solo exhibition, her largest to date, presents a new body of work, commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall. Investigating issues of power, freedom, the role and responsibility of the artist, as well as the possibilities and limitations of political art, it includes the premiere of Guttu’s major new film, "Time Passes" (2015).

The title of the exhibition, “eating or opening a window or just walking dully along”, is taken from a poem by W. H. Auden, Musée des Beaux Arts (1938). In it, Auden describes a universally human state of disengagement from the suffering of others, using the motif of a painting, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (c. 1558) by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. This painting
is featured in the film, "Time Passes", which takes up a challenging position amidst the current debate on the prohibition of begging in Norway and the authorities’ treatment of the Romanian Roma.

The film also brings together a number of themes to which Guttu constantly returns in her works, including the use of and access to public space; the scope of action for art and artists in the face of a politically sensitive situation, and the Norwegian society’s relationship to visible poverty and inequality.

These themes are further explored through a number of other works in the exhibition, which investigate the way in which the visual space of the city is changing. The privatization and commercialization of public space is another current issue in Bergen, where the municipality has recently opened up for a significant increase in urban advertising. Set against the debate around begging, it highlights a contradic- tory and complex debate around the use of and rights to public space, and the way these different activities and demands also infringe on our personal space and psyche.

Each of the five works in the exhibition might be seen, in different ways, as representations of the figure of the artist. The artist as a person — a prac- titioner of a certain discipline which is validated and framed by various institutions, qualifications, critical and historical conventions — but also the artist as an idea, as a position of both freedom and limitation.

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