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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finissage 13.05.17 5-8pm
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