2019.02.09 - 2019.02.09
Vivian Caccuri + Ditte Ejlerskov
Röda Sten Konsthall begins its year of exhibitions with two solo shows: A Soul Transplant by Vivian Caccuri and Can You Hear Me? by Ditte Ejlerskov. Rihanna, myths and the relations between mosquitoes and humans are some of the themes raised by the artists.
ABOUT A SOUL TRANSPLANT – VIVIAN CACCURI
Vivian Caccuri uses sound as a vehicle to combine experiments in sensory perception with issues relating to history and social conditioning. A Soul Transplant is a sound and light installation produced by the artist during a residency at the Acusticum in Piteå, exploring a mythical story about the genetic interdependency between humans and mosquitos.
Mosquitos buzz to each other as a love call, but their buzz in the ears of humans is hated. A Soul Transplant presents a possibility of a myth that narrates the genetic interdependency between humans and mosquitos. In this mythical past, humans were perennial and indistinguishable among themselves, like termite or rice. When the spirits of malaria, yellow fever and other arboviruses entered the mosquito body, mosquitos became human killers. What could be seen as a disastrous mythical event, a tragedy, it can also be understood as the surge of the individual. Right after the loss of their infinity, humans started experiencing fear, love, anxiety, courage, ambition, the sense of belonging, loneliness, the sense of time, etc.
The composition, written by the artist and recorded during a residency made in collaboration with Resurscentrum för konst and Studio Acusticum in Piteå (a part of Swedish Lapland Artist in Residency), combines human voice, pipe organ, mosquito sounds and wind instruments. It is reproduced mostly in the dark in a multi-channel large-scale sound-installation at the Cathedral room at Röda Sten Konsthall.
ABOUT CAN YOU HEAR ME? – DITTE EJLERSKOV
Can You Hear Me? is a series of paintings, an audio piece, and a video work that portray the artist’s reflections about white privilege, the conflict between being critical of this position and yet living within it.
Ditte Ejlerskov has worked with the pop icon Rihanna as a subject and motif. One day, one of her pieces awoke and said “Hi. You made me up, Ditte. I am no longer a representation of Rihanna. I am a myth you created in your head”. The awakened muse said that Dittte embodied the white european privilege. Ejlerskov remembers: “As I studied the painting (depicting who I thought was Rihanna) I immediately understood that I had painted a paparazzi-ish painting that had no direct connection to any real event. It was fantasy. Thus, I began a search for reason in the relationships between artefact, maker, owner and user”. Through this exhibition the artist illustrates this inner conflict.
About Vivian Caccuri:
Vivian Caccuri was born in São Paulo, Brazil, 1986. She has developed projects in many cities in Brazil and abroad, including Manaus (in the Brazilian Amazons), Accra, Detroit, Helsinki, Vienna, Venezia, Kiev, Valparaíso, New Mexico, and many more. Throughout her career she has collaborated with several musicians such as Arto Lindsay (USA/Brazil), Gilberto Gil (Brazil), Wanlov (Ghana) and has recently released her first musical project (Homa). Her sound works and compositions have been broadcasted in radio stations such as Resonance FM (London), Kunstradio (Vienna) and Rádio Mirabilis (Rio de Janeiro). Vivian has participated in the 36 Sao Paulo Biennale (2016) and in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2018). At Princeton University she wrote her first book Music is What I Make (2012), published in Brazil and awarded by Funarte Prize of Critical Production in Music in 2013. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
About Ditte Ejlerskov:
Ditte Ejlerskov was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, 1982. She studied at Malmö Konsthögskola, Sweden, and since graduation has exhibited at various art institutions in Sweden such as Malmö Konsthall, Malmö Art Museum, Skissernas Museum in Lund, Uppsala Art Museum and Konstakademin in Stockholm. In Norway she has exhibited at Kristiansand Kunsthall and at Stenersen Museum in Oslo. She has also exhibited at The Free Exhibition Building and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark, at CCA Andtrax in Spain, at Bonn Art Museum in Bonn, Germany, at Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland and at Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, Texas, US. Ejlerskov was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award 2012 and in 2017 painted the official portrait of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark's Prime Minister from 2011-2015.
Vivian Caccuri: A Soul Transplant (9.2-7.4 2019)
Ditte Ejlerskov: Can You Hear Me? (9.2-7.4 2019)
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler.