Rickard Borgström

Nalusuunerup taarnerani, Exhibition Tour 2020- 2021

Posted in Uncategorized by kammarspeil on 20/12/2018

 

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“Qasapi and the late Norsemen chief Uunngortoq”, Pictorlized Oral Legend, Kalâdlit Assilialiait. Wood Cut, 1860, Aron of Kangeq (1822- 1869) Hunter, Illustrator, Story Teller. 

Nalusuunerup taarnerani (In the darkness of ignorance)

We are developing the exhibition Nalusuunerup taarnerani (working title) for 2020, opening in Helsinki followed with presentations in Montreal, and Nuuk in 2021 (venues to be announced).

Artists Inuk Silis Høegh, Julie Hardenberg, Martin Brandt Hansen, Inuuteq Storch and curator Rickard Borgström takes Villads Villadsens canonical epos “Nalusuunerup taarnerani” (1965) as the starting point for the exhibition.

It´s a collection of epic narrative poetry, based on the oral legend that speaks about the encounter between Inuit and Norsemen in the middle ages in the southern parts of East Greenland.

Villadsens writing derives from a period where Greenland undergoes rapid changes, due to modernization- (industrialization) and danification- process.  In this transformational moment, a rise of national romantic literature followed. This is the tradition Villadsen inscribes himself. Here one finds a didactic disposition where the “elder” addresses the younger generations. Where oral stories of the past are manipulated to construct a conception of the culture of the nation´s spirit.

Villadens´s epic poetry has a dominant narrative and dramatic style, where the landscape and man has a symbiotic inner and external interaction. It alludes biblical motives, writings of Homer, Old Norse Sagas and more the form is inspired by J.L. Runeberg´s Fänrik Ståls sägener.

It´s a  central text in Greenland, as a part of the public consciousness. It provides potent layers and themes that are both specific local and universal.

The curatorial focus is to translate the narrative structure into an exhibition, including all of its complex and multilayered meanings.

The open approach explores the relationship between art, politics and cultural history through the lens of literature. The exhibition making is sort of dramaturgy of ideas, staged in a discursive landscape, beyond the display and configurations of objects in the gallery space. Where one looks closer to the “epic”, “narration”, “oral”, “landscape” as conventions to be used for the staging of the exhibition.

I’m honored and excited to work with such great artists in the coming year.

 

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PESULA opening a new art space, Sibbo, Finland 2019

Posted in Uncategorized by kammarspeil on 19/12/2018

pesula interiör med konstnärerWe are opening a new art space: PESULA. So happy to make the summer season-opening exhibition with brand new works of two brilliant artists of their generation. Corinna Helenelund will present new sculptures for the space while Jaakko Pietiläinen will unveil a permanent installation for the facade. A great art venture by Sibbo Municipality, thanks to the brave and bold drive of Anne, Katja & Kimmo. It feels a bit special to return to my childhood paradise and give back to my supportive community.

Thanks, Anne, Katja, Kimmo for the generously giving us this opportunity! And special thanks to Sabina Westerholm and Markus Åström for the talks.

Stay tuned for opening dates in May!

Sipoon kunta – Sibbo kommun

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Posted in Uncategorized by kammarspeil on 10/10/2018

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TO APPLY FOLLOW THE LINK
https://matkalla2020haku.keskisuomentaide.fi

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Interview: The Central Finland Exhibition 2020, Keskisuomalainen (Regional Newspaper) 07.10.18

Posted in Uncategorized by kammarspeil on 08/10/2018

Provinssien prinssi katsoo ulkopuolelta

Vuoden 2020 suurkatselmus käsittelee keski-suomen näkökulmasta johonkin kuulumista ja kuulumattomuutta.

Jyväskylä

Riikka Mahlamäki-Kaistinen

“Provinssien prinssi, siksi kollegat minua kutsuvat”, kuraattori Rickard Borgström nauraa ja hörppää teetä Jyväskylän taidemuseon aulassa.

Lievästä jetlagista kärsivä mies on saapunut hetki sitten Kanadan Montrealista. Viimeiset pari vuotta hän on asunut Gröönlannissa. Suvun juuret ovat Ruotsissa ja Suomessa. Tanssin, teatterin ja nykytaiteen parissa työskentelevä Borgström kuratoi tapahtumia, seminaareja ja näyttelyitä pääasiassa Pohjoismaissa – ja usein perifeerisillä alueilla.

Borgströmin tausta ja liikkuva työ sopivat hyvin tekeillä olevan näyttelyn teemaan. Vuonna 2020 järjestettävän keskisuomalaisen nykytaiteen suurkatselmuksen teemana on nimittäin tarkastella paikkaa ja siihen kuulumista tai kuulumattomuutta.

– Muuttaminen on jo tämän sisällissotien aiheuttaman maahanmuutonkin kautta hyvin ajankohtainen aihe nykypäivänä. On kiinnostavaa miten ihminen luo tämän jatkuvan muutoksen keskellä kuulumisen tunteen, Borgström pohtii.

Kun uniikkeja, omia paikkoja ei ole, niiden merkitys häviää tai ainakin muuttuu.

– Ehkä identiteettiä alkaa tällöin määrittää pikemminkin kuulumattomuus, kuin kuuluminen. Ja ehkä koko kysymys kuulumisesta on pohjimmiltaan epärelevantti, hän sanoo.

Kun vastaava taiteen suurkatselmus järjestettiin taidemuseolla 2015, lähtökohtana oli, että taiteilijat ovat keskisuomalaisia, tai heillä on ainakin keskisuomalaiset juuret. Museon intendentti Leena Lokka sanoo tulevan näyttelynkin teeman olleen aluksi konkreettisemmin aluetta koskeva.

– Kun Rickard valittiin taiteilijaseuran puolesta kuraattoriksi, hän avasi teemaa laajemmalle. Tuntui oikeastaan helpottavalta, että teemaa ei sidottu enää maantieteellisiin rajoihin.

Käytännössä tämä tarkoittaa sitä, että näyttelyyn hakevilla taiteilijoilla ei tarvitse välttämättä olla edes aiempia siteitä Keski-Suomeen.

– Ymmärrys johonkin paikkaan kuulumisesta supistuu jos sitä ajatellaan vain elinympäristön kautta. Kuuluminen voi syntyä sitäkin kautta, että taiteilija tulee tänne toteuttamaan teemaan liittyvää työtään. Paikka ja siihen kuuluminen avautuvat silloin työn kautta. On mielenkiintoista nähdä millaisia tulkintoja tämä synnyttää, Borgström sanoo.

Kuraattorille itselleen Jyväskylä on tuttu vuodesta 2006. Hän kuratoi silloin museolla pohjoismaista taideprojektia.

Matkalla maan keskipisteeseen 2020 -näyttely toteutetaan yhdessä taiteilijaseuran, Jyväskylän taidemuseon, Keuruun ja Saarijärven museoiden kanssa. Taiteilijahaku umpeutuu kuun lopussa. Borgström sanoo, että mukaan kaivataan niin ammattilaisia, harrastajia kuin itseoppineitakin taiteilijoita.

– Olemme hyvin avoimia. Toivon mukaan töitä sekä perinteisiltä taiteen aloilta että kokeellisempiakin töitä. Mukaan otetaan sekä vanhoja että uusia töitä.

Mukaan voi hakea pelkällä ideallakin. Näyttely rakentuu taiteilijoiden ja kuraattorin keskinäisen dialogin kautta.

– Tiesimme Borgströmin hyvin keskustelevaksi kuraattoriksi, joten hän sopi siksikin hyvin tehtävään, Lokka sanoo.

Intendentti Jukka Partanen pitää hyvänä, että kuraattori ei ole paikkakuntalainen.

– On kiinnostavaa nähdä miltä alue näyttäytyy kun sitä katsoo kokonaan ulkopuolinen kuraattori.

Suomenruotsalaisen Borgström kotikieli on ruotsi, vaikka hän jonkun verran suomea ymmärtääkin. Taiteilijoiden ja kuraattorin yhteistyö toteutetaan englanniksi ja taiteilijaseura on luvannut auttaa, jos kielimuureja syntyy.

– Ja lopulta se tärkein kielihän tässä on kuitenkin taiteen kieli. Se e ei tarvitse tulkkausta, Partanen sanoo.

kuvateksti: “Suomi on hyvin keskittynyt maa ja Helsinki-painottunut, mutta jos menet Ateneumiin näet tauluissa paljon keskisuomalaista maisemaa”. Rickard Borgström sanoo. Siihen hän ei osaa vielä vastata minkälaisena keskisuomalainen nykytaide ilmenee, mutta lupaa vastauksen vuonna 2020 näyttelyn avajaisissa.

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Written by Riikka MahlamäkiKaistinen

What kind of expectations do you have concerning the project?
I hope we will see an inter-generational exhibition, with strong new, as much as old, works and projects, reflecting on the place and the production of art, with local and international artists. I’m also very curious to take part of the artists’ proposals and develop the exhibition with them and introduce it to the public of the summer
of 2020.
What does the theme mean to you?
Well, we just started, and we are waiting for the artists’ interpretation and proposal around place, so it would be too early to state a specific definition of the theme. However, I find it interesting that artists and curators are asked to produce work for places, often so, without a clue of the context. It makes me wonder
how you as an artist or curator approach and produce work in relation to a place that you are displaced from? And what does it mean to produce work for the place you belong to? Is art something placeless, within us? Or is it precisely the place that shapes the production of art?
As we think of the artists and curators working in one places after the other, they become a symbolic figure of the hypermobility in our society today, where we by will or force are deemed to migrate, so I think we can discuss belonging and displacement in a broader cultural context today as well. Having that said, we are developing works and the framework of the exhibition for the coming months, thereafter the theme will be more precisely defined.
Why it is important to open the call for local artists and artists living in other regions in Finland and abroad?
Well, the notion of belonging was introduced to me from the organizers, and I thought it was a rather urgent topic to think about, as I feel we are less bound to places, and we are rather displaced, that being displaced is our modus operandi, in our soul, body and identity. So the question of belonging is contested in today’s world, that is in flux, therefore I find it hard to argue that exhibition should be closed to only artists in the region, it would reduce our understanding of place and belonging.
 
What kind of memories do you have from the year 2006 when you were curating the More Than This exhibition in Jyväskylä?
It was a rather overwhelming experience. It was one of my early exhibitions, and all the works were more or less commissioned, so we little did we know how it would turn out. That excitement, I will not forget. Besides that, I met such a professional team, with in-depth knowledge and the very supportive curator Leena Looka and the former director Paivimarjut Raippalinna.  I met an engaged artists community with artists like Anna Ruth and Jussive Heikkilä. Therefore I’m humbled and honored to been invited to return to work in Jyväskylä with the artistic community of the region.

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Open Call for The Central Finland Exhibition 2020

Posted in Uncategorized by kammarspeil on 07/09/2018

Screen Shot 2018-08-05 at 17.38.47Friends and colleagues,  I pass on another Call for The Central Finland Exhibition 2020, Notions of place – from belonging to displaced.

If you have the interest to present existing work, adaptations or new work in relation to place, from any discipline really, feel welcome to apply.

And please share among those who you think are interested.

Check https://matkalla2020haku.keskisuomentaide.fi to apply and more information.

Don´t be a stranger, if you have any questions contact me. Thank you!

 

OPEN CALL: The Central Finland Exhibition 2020, Notions of place – from belonging to displaced

Open Call for ideas for new works and/or existing works and/or adaptations of existing works. It is open for locally based artists and artist groups as well as artists from the rest of Finland and abroad, from any art discipline.

Entry Deadline: October 31, 2018
Accepted Artist Notification: January 31, 2019

This regional exhibition will take a closer look at notions of place – from belonging to displacement. The concept is as simple as complex, and ​left open to many interpretations and approaches.

We, therefore, seek for artists from the region, the rest of Finland and abroad, and from any discipline, who are particularly interested in generating objects and activities surrounding notions of “place”, from the personal to the political and the planetary.

We are calling for new works and/or existing works and/or adaptations of existing works. Proposals can occupy multiple contexts, in any scale. All approaches, strategies as media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, performance, intervention and installation etc.

The framework of the exhibition is developed in dialogue with the selected artists and the curator. The framework engages in the individual artist’s practice, and it is invested in current debates around place- orientated practices, their modes of production, their methods, their working processes, materiality and critical potential. Further, it is informed by a broader discussion on how cultures of belonging and displacement are shaped in a fast-changing global situation.

Check the link to apply and for more information and conditions.

https://matkalla2020haku.keskisuomentaide.fi

*There is an application fee, it´s sort of a standard in the Finnish art system. The fee is allocated to The Central Finnish Artist´s Association´s regular work, so at least it supports the infrastructure for contemporary art. Hope it doesn´t avert your consideration.

Image: Dan Perjovschi 2018

 

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