Above the Sky, Beneath the Ground
Curated by Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller
1 October - 27 November 2021
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.
Rebekka Elisabeth Anker-Møller (b. 1984) is an independent curator with a curatorial practice concerned with new media, biomimicry, social structures, gender and performativity. She holds an MA in Visual Culture from Copenhagen University and an international MA in Curation from Aarhus University. Earlier she co-organized the exhibition space RØM and assisted the performance project VEGA|ARTS, as well as producing exhibitions at Kunsthal Aarhus and Holstebro Kunstmuseum. Currently she is working as a consultant on the sculpture park project 17 Goals on My Mind in Anneberg Kulturpark, Odsherred, Denmark.
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