Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground
Curated by Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller
1 October - 27 November 2021
Tuesday, 26 October
Online reading and artist talk with British/American artist Isabel Mallet by curator Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller in relation to Anker-Møllers research for her exhibition project Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground. Mallet will introduce and present a new sound work she is currently developing from a piece of writing. The work circles around the making of wedges, a series of small hand-held objects she has forged from steel bolts. The text is read by four voices and subtitles will accompany the reading.
Isabel Mallet (b. 1989) is a British/American artist who lives and works in New York. Through improvisation with materials, objects, architectures and systems observed in her immediate surroundings, she draws attention to the ongoing modes of resistance (both human and non-human) in the world. Her work is an effort to synthesize through various modes of making, including sound, photography, writing, performance and sculpture.
Tuesday, 19 October
Talk with Russian artist Maria Agureeva moderated by curator Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller, touching on the artist's own methods and practice and the curatorial research driving the exhibition project 'Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground.'
Maria Agureeva is an artist who works with installations, videos, performance and sculpture. Winner of grants from Ruinart Art Patronat and Trust for Mutual Understanding; nominee for the Kandinsky Prize (2013) and laureate of the Laguna Art Prize (2018). Participant of the following residences: 18th street art center (Los Angeles), Residency Unlimited (New York). She lives and works between Moscow and Los Angeles.
Tuesday, 12 October
Online performance lecture screened from New York by exhibiting artist Linnéa Gad. This lecture will be focusing on her sculptural research project around the various forms limestone (calcium carbonate) can take, which directly relates to her work in the current group show Biting the Nest.
Linnéa Gad (b. 1990) is a Swedish artist with a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design and is currently earning her MFA in Fine Arts at Columbia University School of The Arts in New York. With landscape as her subject matter, Gad explores geological change, calling for empathy for the earth’s resources through printmaking, sculpture and installations. Recent solo exhibitions include Erratics at Spencer Brownstone Gallery and Mound Remover at New Release Gallery in NYC. Her first publication is to be released with RSS Press in 2022. www.linneagad.com
Saturday, 2 October
Conversation with exhibiting artist Anna Samasøe in relation to the current exhibition Biting the Nest. Followed by a talk about politics of absence, dislocated objects, ecotones and watery bodies with Swedish researcher Jessica Backsell.
Biting the Nest, the first part of Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground, shows contributions from three artists: Anna Samsøe, Anne Guro Larsmon and Linnéa Gad. Their works display a sensitivity in relation to their processing of materials and in the dialogue they create between the artworks in this group show, as well as through their different mediums and approaches.
Anna Samsøe (b. 1987) is a Danish artist who lives and works in Skive, Denmark. Samsøe graduated from the Funen Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She works across various materials and media as clay and sound, where she is interested in investigating ideas of reality and immateriality. Samsøe’s work has been exhibited at Gl. Holtegaard, Brandts 13 and Gl. Strand among others. www.annasamsoee.com/
Jessica Backsell (b. 1990) is conducting her PhD studies at Stockholm School of Economics where she also teaches matters of spatial and legal market construction and their boundaries. Her dissertation project is called Plots of Capitalism and deals with truth-making and the faith in value within the sphere of art and capitalism.
Central to the exhibition project Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground is the ambition to produce new knowledge generated through interdisciplinary artistic production and curatorial research, which is also extended by a public programme and symposium as well as a forthcoming publication with RSS Press.
The public programme will function as an unfolding of and reflection on the topics revealed through the exhibition project with other invited professionals and will not be determined on solutions or answers. In this way, the entire project becomes a curatorial tool to generate new thinking, reflection, and curiosity rather than wanting to act as expert knowledge towards its audience.
During October, the project will be accompanied by a series of Tuesday Screenings, using different formats for talk and performance. The screenings talks will be lead by curator Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller, who will be introducing artists within the same research field but with diverse approaches; Anna Samsøe (DK), Anne Guro Larsmon (NO), Linnéa Gad (SE), Maria Agureeva (RU) and Isabel Mallet (UK/US).
All updates for the Tuesday Screenings and further online events will be announced via our Instagram account: @68artinsitute