Hanna Wildow has been chosen to artistically lead Konstfrämjandet Bergslagens project Bortom de blå bergen (Beyond The Blue Mountains)
Hanna Wildow has been chosen to artistically lead Konstfrämjandet Bergslagens project Bortom de blå bergen (Beyond The Blue Mountains). From September 2018 – June 2019, she will work together with a group of youths in the remote nature reserve Gränseskogen (The Periphery Forest). The youths come from the village Storå in Lindesbergs county, which serves as arrival point for many newly arrived refuges in Sweden. The social environment of the school in Storå is consequently tinged with disruptions and renewals, and Bortom de blå Bergen is a project aiming to establish a temporary safe space in the unique and remote primeval forest. Through participatory and pedagogically influenced artistic processes, Hanna Wildow and the group will near the forest as a place, a material and a context for relationships, to collaboratively generate artworks. Hanna Wildow will lead the process based on four orientations; a walking choreography, a straying language, dying materials, and the natural blueprint process of cyanotypes. From the proposal:
"There is an interesting tension in Konstfrämjandet’s project description, concerning place and subject, which I would like to embrace. The Periphery Forest is described as an environment where trees are allowed to live freely – growing, dying, falling, providing life to other species; generating diversity. A poetic reading of the forest’s name also reveals the magical shield that the forest can provide; a demarcation from the world outside; or a borderland within which other realities become possible. Maybe, the contrast between the forest and the constrained existence on the outside, is the most palpable for newly arrived youths, whose lives are carved with flight, disarrays and recommences. And maybe, that’s why the temporary haven that the forest can provide; a place to breath and for a moment live freely, is uttermost important for this group."
'De starka, stolta kvinnornas berg' will be performed and screened at Grandmother Film Festival in Rotterdam and Berlin in November 2018
De starka, stolta kvinnornas berg (Mountain of the Strong, Proud Women) will be screened and performed as part of artist and curator Sophia Tabatadze's Grandmother Film Festival, scheduled to take place at Tante Nino in Rotterdam and at the Jugend Museum in Berlin, in November. De starka, stolta kvinnornas berg is a performative history lecture presented in video, text, sound and live performance, first performed in 2014. This will be the first time the work is translated and performed in English.
As the name suggest, the Grandmother Film Festival screens personal films and animations about grandmothers. The first Grandmother Film Festival took place in Rotterdam in 2016 and the same program was shown in Berlin in 2017. 22 films were shown by international makers including Tom Fassaert (the Netherlands), Sabine Jainski (Germany), Ayala Sharot (Israel) and Yulene Olaizola (Mexico).
On November 1st, Darb1718 for Arts and Culture in Cairo, Egypt, opens its biennal Off Biennal Cairo - Something else, which will runs for two months in various spaces. This years theme is "What if it did not happen!", focusing on rewriting history, and is led by head curator Simon Njami. Hanna Wildow's The Family Dinner has been selected to be exhibited as an analogue installation of its digital archive, together with the installation and the performance both titled What is this thing called an archive, really?. The performance will be performed together with artist Alva Willemark, who is also exhibited as part of the biennal.
'warped vowels', part of final presentations within research project gränsen, at Cimatheque, Cairo, 3.3.18
On March 3rd, Wildow's research project gränsen, in collaboration with Nadah El Shazly, Mohammed A. Gawad, Adham Hafez, Alva Willemark, Erik Malmsten, and produced by Sarah El Miniawy, will have its final presentations at Cimatheque, Cairo. The project was initiated by Wildow in early 2017, as one concerned with the act of translation. When not speaking each other's mother tongues, when language it self performs the very border of comprehension, what kind of disparate translations of each other's work can we generate? Can we allow for our works to go errant, get lost, die, and be reborn in another's mouth? Can something utterly other be set in motion in a gap of hybridised languages? These were some of the questions post by Wildow as she invited two Swedish speaking and four Arabic speaking artists to a one year long relation.
The project has generated a cluster of interweaved works, to be presented at Cimatheque in Cairo on March 3rd, 2018. Displayed above is a sketch for Wildow's piece warped vowels, to be screen printed on handmade paper made from rice straws at Al Nafeza in Cairo. Al Nafeza is a small paper-making and screen printing workshop with a re-made falafel machine, which they use to make papers and at the same time to prevent pollution from extensive burning of rice straws in the city. warped vowels is one of Wildow's two pieces attempting to translate the song “Barzakh” by Nadah El Shazly. The translating process have generated five dislocated poems, moving through different known and unknown languages, here layered into a pattern.
warped vowels have been made in collaboration with Moa Edlund and Sam Carlshamre, with great support from Sarah El Miniawy. gränsen is made possible with support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden).
On November 29th, Hanna Wildow will read from her text ensamkommande är ett ord med för många bokstäver för att uttala (translates alonecoming is a word with to many letters to pronounce) at Turteatern i Kärrtorp, Stockholm, as part of the examination event of 2017's class of Skrivandets förhandlingar (Negotiations in Writing) at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts. The text springs out of Wildow's work in Botkyrka as a teacher to newly arrived refugee teenagers, fleeing their home countries as unattained minors. It is a poem-essay about language and power, about creating meaning and meaninglessness, about relations, life and death. Doors open at 5.30pm, the program starts at 6pm and Wildow reads at 7.45pm.
Full program at other participants can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/143774962912297/
Intermingled languages and warped soundscapes when 'gränsen' was presented as a work in progress at EMS
On Saturday, November 4th, about 35 people gathered at EMS in Stockholm to take part of Wildow's research project gränsen (in progress), in collaboration with Nadah El Shazly, Mohammed A. Gawad, Adham Hafez, Alva Willemark, Erik Malmsten, and produced by Sarah El Miniawy. The group met for the very first time six days earlier and visitors were invited to step into the midst of an ongoing process. Video works, sound poems, silent poems, performances, singing, and language without meaning was unfolded, presented and discussed.
gränsen is made possible with support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden).
Research project 'gränsen' explores translation through a 7-day collective residency at EMS next week
You tell me a tale, and I will listen. The story is yours to voice, but it dies the moment it slips your lips. I will adore it, and I will betray it. Your language, my language, and between the two a path of ravishment. Always in-between is the boundary, always the demarcation between your body and mine; your language and me; your mouth and my ear; your hello and my good bye.
On Monday, October 30th, Wildow's research project on translation and language as artistic material starts with a collective residency at EMS (Elektronmusikstudion). Recently Wildow invited a group of Egyptian and Swedish multilingual practitioners, all working to some degree within and with their own mother tongues; to enter a relation of some kind with her. Being drawn to interspaces within language, where words reach their own limitations, Wildow’s invitation was one concerned with the act of translation. When not speaking each other's mother tongues, when language itself performs the very border of comprehension, what kind of disparate translations of each other’s work can we generate? Can we allow for our works to go errant, get lost, die, and be reborn in an one another’s mouths? Can something utterly other be set in motion in a gap of hybridized languages?
The six artists - Nadah El Shazly, Mohammed A. Gawad, Adham Hafez, Alva Willemark, Erik Malmsten and Hanna Wildow - are gathering to collectively construct a realm of trans-boundary practices; geographical movements as well as genre-crossing art works. Together, in a week-long residency in Stockholm next week followed by a second residency in Cairo in February 2018, they inquire about borders and boundaries, what these mean across languages, practises, artforms and geographies. As unknown outcomes, interdisciplinary presentations will take place in Stockholm and in Cairo.
gränsen is co-produced by Sarah El Miniawy, a Stockholm based music manager from Cairo, and made possible through the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) for Hanna Wildow. With special thanks to EMS for their generous week-long hosting of the group.
hangmenProjects proudly presents The Family Dinner by Hanna Wildow, in collaboration with PWR, Moa Sjöstedt, Imri Sandström, Sara Teleman, Ellen Nyman, Moa Franzén, Anna-Karin Linder Krauklis, Katarina Bonnevier, Thérèse Kristiansson, Francine Agbodjalou, Karin Drake, Carolina Johansson Oviedo and Pål Rodenius. With traces of Virginia Woolf, Claude Cahun, Emily Dickinson, Klara Johansson, Letebrehan Haile, Sara Lidman, Siri von Essen, Tove Jansson, Marie Høeg, Yaa Asantewaa, and Lisa Simpson.
In The Family Dinner, Wildow invites 13 other artists to collectively reflect upon, reshape and perform a fictive archive. Together, they intertwine stories that transgress time and space in the digital work www.thefamilydinner.se. The work is shown for the first time at hangmenProjects, together with spatial extensions.
The exhibition retells a six-hour performance that took place behind closed doors in September 2015. For this occasion the invited artists had chosen historical or contemporary female figures to embody. Preceding the performance, each artist individually processed layered stories generated by their characters, which were then articulated, embodied and documented throughout the evening. Using the methodology of live action role play (LARP), the participants searched for interstices in the shared stories, the layered documents, the words researched, reimagined or culled from the
imagination. The evening generated a collaborative collective performance through which historical narratives could be displaced, ingresses investigated, parentheses filled in. The task was clear and extensive: When history itself has eradicated our stories, we must begin to write them ourselves.
The visitor to The Family Dinner is invited into a psychic and spatial continuation: a fragmented dialogue that replays the dialogues of the participants and their characters. Narratives unfold, tales repeatedly inquiring the very becoming of narrations: What happens to history when a true story does not exist? When the book has no beginning nor an end? When deception takes and gives an other’s voice?
The exhibition also present a series of performances and dinner parties - enactments that once again unravel and entangle, slip and spill, break and become. For full program and registration, see below.
Opening 21.04.17 5-9pm, performance 7pm
Dinner Parties 05.05.17 and 06.05.17 6-9pm, 11 seats registration in advance is required to email@example.com
Finissage 13.05.17 5-8pm
Hanna Wildow has been awarded the Swedish Arts Grants Committee Project Grant for her proposal of a research project on the (im)possibilities of translation. Together with Stockholm/Cairo-based producer Sara El Miniawy and her vast network in the Arab art scene, the project aims to unfold disparate translations of hybridized languages; enduring in warped landscapes in-between Swedish and Arabic.
Two more Swedish and three Cairo based artists will be invited to collectively explore translation when language itself performs the very border of comprehension. The group will meet for one residency in Stockholm in the fall of 2017, and one residency in Cairo in the spring of 2018.
'The Family Dinner - A Re-Imagined Documentation' selected to be performed at Architecture and Feminism, 2016
The Family Dinner will be presented with a performance and an installation at the 13th international Architecture and Feminism Conference (AHRA), taking place at KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, November 17–19, 2016 .
The 2016 AHRA conference will address connections between architecture and feminisms with an emphasis on plural expressions of feminist identity and non-identity. The Family Dinner is presented with a performance titled "The Family Dinner - A Re-Imagined Documentation", in collaboration with Moa Franzén. In addition, the archive will be exhibited in the foyer installation of the conference.
For more information, please visit http://architecturefeminisms.org
Wildow's essay And you are the Wound has been selected for public in the California based magazine HAUNT Journal of Art. The publication can be found and downloaded at the website: http://hauntjournal.org/volume3/
Wildow's work Affective Breaks have been commissioned as a poster for the next edition of KRITIKER Magazine. The Magazine will be released on February 10th, at Index Stockholm.
Last wee the digital book and archive www.c-along.com was released, as the accumulation of two years artistic research on dialogue, intimacy and desire lines by Hanna Wildow. During 2014 — 2015 c.along was presented as a series of salons; nine physical acts that explored habitual and performative modes of dialogue. The gatherings were choreographed by Hanna Wildow in collaboration with the ten practitioners and performed by a total of two hundred participants. Provoking a multitude of straying ideas, words and bodily actions; the explorations were thoroughly documented throughout their processes. Generated documents have been gathered, edited and further played on by five other practitioners. Accumulated, they form the digital collective online-choreography named c-along.com.
c-along.com hosts an archive of new and unpublished works; multiple letters, scores, scripts, notations, maps — two sound pieces, one audio guide, five videos, photography — stories written from guts and through elbows, narratives written in the act of falling/failing asleep, endless walkings and talkings, lots and lots of techno, speech and silence, memory works, deaths and bodies in decay, breakups and makeups, and boundaries that fall in to free collapse.
c.along was organized and designed in collaboration with with Sara Kaaman, Joel Galvez, Jess Arndt, Litia Perta, Cristina Caprioli, MYCKET (Katarina Bonnevier, Thérèse Kristiansson, Mariana Alves), Frédéric Gies, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Sara Magenheimer, Stina Nyberg, Laida Aguirre, Katherine Hubbard, Roxy Farhat, Moa-Lina Croall and Patriez van der Wens, produced and administrated by Izabella Borzecka and My Carnestedt.
"In The Meantime" exhibited as part of group show 'The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning', at Human Resources, Los Angeles.
The audio piece In The Meantime is exhibited as part of the group show The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning, curated by Suzy Halajian and opening tonight at Human Resources in Los Angeles.
The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning presents works by Basma Alsharif, Doa Aly, Gilda Davidian, Mariah Garnett, David Horvitz, Hiwa K, Mark Leckey, Klara Liden, Christine Rebet, Julie Tolentino, Erika Vogt, and Hanna Wildow to explore the state of exhaustion, through the time and space that make it possible. The project questions the appearance and contours of social spaces that enable this condition, and locates instances within these sites that allow for new forms of sociability. By considering both individual and collective states of being together situated within a neoliberal and mutating model of capitalism, the exhibition asks how these spaces may be realized in a state of nonstop action and renewal and how their potentials may unfold over time. The works in this exhibition reimagine, re-perform, consume, and even obliterate images and places set in motion. They refuse to remain static or meet at the center, but continue to turn and shift, only to begin again.
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un/know/n is a series of lecture performances curated by Hanna Wildow. The series attempts to explore ‘lecture performance’ as a term and genre, while presenting contemporary practitioners from various fields whose works can be positioned in the intersections of choreography, theory and pedagogics. un/know/n also poses questions concerning production and distribution of knowledge and power. Insisting on crip theory as a practical-theoretical framework - and on choreography as an alternative language as well as a deviant method for learning and unlearning - un/know/n seeks to stray beyond known paths in art and history.
Nov 24th, Nov 25th, Dec 3rd
c.off / ccap space, Körsbärsvägen 9, Stockholm
November 24, 5.30pm
Notes on The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning by Suzy Halajian (Los Angeles)
November 25, 3pm
Limited Entry - The Museum and The Quarantine by Adham Hafez (Cairo)
December 3, 6 pm
Notes from Utah. Notes on gray. by Katherine Hubbard (New York)
'I am Writing to You' exhibited as part of group show "One After Another, In Succession" at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles.
A special work made upon invitation by curator Johanna Breiding, 'I am Writing to You'. A Doubled Text in Two Parts. is a text montage of letter correspondences, created in collaboration with Litia Perta, produced as a to-go text in edition of 500. The work contains quotes from Kathy Acker, McKenzie Wark, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachman, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West, Rosmarie Waldrop, Edmond Jabès, Roland Barthes, Fleetwood Mac, Katherine Hubbard, Inga Svensson, Dylan Mira, Hélèn Cixous, Carmen Argote, Johanna Breiding, and Jennifer Moon.
The group exhibition also features work by Carmen Argote, Johanna Breiding, Harry Dodge, Charles Gaines, Ken Gonzales-Day, Tyler Matthew Oyer, Dylan Mira, Julie Tolentino, Alice Wang and Kim Zumpfe. It opens on October 24th and is up through December 5th, 2015. It explores the notion of tracing as a means to relocate and archive one's own memory, as unwritten history. Through bodily and linguistic acts of repetition, the act of tracing simulates not only a linear structure that is methodically repeated over time, but it also signifies the retelling of a narrative. Tracing is a form of copying, and therefore a form of questioning authenticity, authorship and ownership, and history. Acts of re-doing and re-formulating expose that which has been forgotten, left unsaid or made invisible, and in doing so present a multiplicity of stories and layered realities.
For more information, please visit www.cjamesgallery.com
As part of Konstfack 2015 Degree Exhibition, Affective Breaks opens on May 13th. The exhibition is up until May 24th. Affective Breaks is an artistic research project through which Hanna Wildow collaboratively processes linguistic, political and emotional aspects of translation. Through performative inquiries, engendered as lectures, video, sound, books and installations, she explores dimensions of translation, while at the same time embodying and performing them. Wildow’s interest in translation concerns the movement and displacement that can be found in languages — shiftings, breakages, slippages and gaps. She examines these interspaces — in between words, cultures, bodies — in search of places where language reaches its own limits and stops itself; becomes lost, skewed, queer.
Affective Breaks consists of a series of overlapping works and for the spring exhibition, Wildow makes a site-specific installation within which an archive of these unfold; works collaboratively engendered together with Inga Svensson, Imri Sandström, Laida Aguirre, Sara Kaaman, Moa-Lina Croall, Moa Edlund, Athena Farrokhzad and Cristina Caprioli.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Wildow will also perform her video lecture De starka, stolta kvinnornas berg:
May 15th – 17th at 2pm, at Midsommargården (Telefonplan 3, above the library). Open to the public and free of charge.
For more information, please visit: www.konstfack2015.se/master/maapr/hanna-wildow