In the exhibition Situation no. 2 (8 + 2 days) the artists Alicja Bielawska, Morten Ernlund and Ulla Eriksen focus on the concept of reconstruction. The local context of Warsaw – especially its post-war reconstruction – becomes the point of departure for their improvisation, which gives a rise to a reflection on the concept of authenticity and artificiality, and the relationship between those and emotions and sentiments. Here, reconstruction primarily means a permanent change taking place in a given space and within a finite set of modular elements – concrete cylinders moved during the exhibition in the gallery space. In the approach of Bielawska, Ernlund and Eriksen, change has a performative nature.
Reconstruction is metaphorically presented as a nose, which is inspired by the story of a collection of antique sculptures at the museum Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. The Greek and Roman marble busts and heads were given new noses in line with the 19th century approach to conservation. In the 20th century the noses were detatched and are now exposed as a separate collection known as Nasotheca (Nasus – nose)*, an unusual set of neither anatomical models nor fragments of works of art. Moreover, the noses themselves are already old. The aging of reconstructions (in Warsaw visible mainly in the Old Town), the passage of time, which adds to its authenticity, its connection with memories and emotions, is another issue dealt with by Bielawska, Ernlund and Eriksen.
The three artists are working together for a second time (Situation no. 1 took place in Kopenhagen a year ago). They eliminate authorship to a minimum; they improvise, experiment with materials and exchange contexts. Situation no. 2 (8 + 2 days) was created during two separate meetings of eight-days and two-days by the Danish artists in Warsaw.
One of the many inspirations for Situation no. 2 (8 + 2 days) is the story by the Danish writer Peter Seeberg Yndlingsglasset (from the collection Argumenter for benadning), about a king who loses the power to rule after the loss of a favorite cup, and recovers it reluctantly only when he accepts a new cup – an imitation of its predecessor. The Polish translation of the story by Bogusława Sochańska will be read during the opening. The exhibition is also accompanied by a publication designed by Ordered by Colour (orderedbycolour.dk).
Alicja Bielawska, Morten Ernlund, Ulla Eriksen, Situation no. 2 (8 + 2 days)
15.05 – 25.06.2015
The exhibition was possible thanks to the support of The Danish Arts Foundation