artists & participants
A Malmö Trilogy: To Splice
Angelica Falkeling, Sara Lindeborg, Selma Sjöstedt
September 18–November 8, 2020
One single scene is told from a number of different perspectives. We recognise this approach from the world of cinema, theatre, literature, but what if we were to present an exhibition this way? Three artists have been invited to work on one exhibition which will be told in three chapters throughout the year. Each chapter has a leading voice, yet each chapter is the sum of a collaborative exploration that guides us through the multiple folds that compose an artistic practice. Idiosyncratic, unexpected, inconsistent bare meanings we like. So much more fulfilling than recognisable, safe and deliverable. But as we all know, such an approach to one’s work takes courage and support. So we ask ourselves what kind of art world we want to be part of. How can we act on the structures, and not just the choices.
The leading voice of the second chapter is Angelica Falkeling, a voice that departs from their own aesthetic universe, sculptural assemblage and domestic art practice. In the old Delfshaven in Rotterdam the skill of splicing, repairing and reassembling ropes, has been performed for centuries. But harbours are as much containers of stories, as they are of goods. Economical transactions have changed the course of history and massive transfers continue to cause irreparable wounds. Inquires into the extraction of raw materials, the relationship between sculptural gravitation and stability, or the human joints as infrastructure negotiating function and dysfunction are all interwoven topics in this chapter. And thus embracing the intersectional and polylingual aspects of one’s work, Sara Lindeborg’s paintings reverberate art history saturated with feminism, painterly ethics and pop cultural vibes, while Selma Sjöstedt’s paintings-cum-drawings appear like cinematic filmstrips blowing in the wind. Slowly and gently, a contamination of the individual practice has given way for the rise of a collaborative endeavour that transgresses any imposed limitation of a signature style.
We tell each other stories in order to live. We tell each other stories in order to dream and imagine, to let ideas slowly percolate through our minds and shape a larger collective consciousness. To Splice is the second chapter of A Malmö Trilogy.