Impossible Possession – exhibition at Slakthusateljéerna 26-30/8 2015

Exhibition view ”Impossible Possession”. Photo: Stéphanie Solinas

Exhibition view ”Impossible Possession”. Photo: Stéphanie Solinas

I can not appropriate the snow field where I slide. It remains foreign, forbidden, but I take delight
in this very effort toward an impossible possession. I experience it as a triumph, not as a defeat.”
Simone de Beauvoir

In the exhibition Impossible Possession (Det omöjliga ägandet) questions about displacements, translations and getting lost in the foreign are posed. The exhibition is carried out as part of an artist-run exchange between Slakthusateljéerna (SE), Air d’Islande (FR) and Skaftfell Center for Visual Art (IS) which has been initiated in 2014. Pieces by the visual artists My Lindh (SE), Linus Lohmann (DE/IS), Litten Nystrøm (DK/IS), Stéphanie Solinas (FR) and Malin Pettersson Öberg (SE), which in different ways approach the landscape as a construction and projection surface as well as questions of identity, vision and time perception, are displayed. The title Impossible Possession and the quote by Simone de Beauvoir are borrowed from a text about the exhibition written by Jonatan Habib Engqvist.

Download Jonatan Habib Engqvist’s text Impossible Possession

With a departure point in the project, the Iaspis Programme arranges a conversation and screening, Translating Places and Constructing Landscapes. For the occasion, the films Journal of Earth Sciences by Malin Pettersson Öberg, Nordic Panoramas, Landscape No 1 by My Lindh and The Debt of the Soul by Stéphanie Solinas, along with images by Litten Nystrøm and Linus Lohmann, are shown. What is a place and how is its image constructed? In what way are we affected by the constant displacements and translations taking place in today’s globalized society? And how would artists and creators operate within this context, if they could independently formulate their roles and methods? The conversation also presents the working methods of the artists in an organically growing exchange where the participants’ existing international networks are used as the foundation for new travels, encounters, experiences, artistic works and knowledge exchanges.

The presentation is carried out in two parts :
Opening Impossible Possession at Slakthusateljéerna Wednesday 26 August 17h – 20h
The exhibition is open Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 August 13h – 18h
Obs! Friday 28 August the exhibition is only open 19h – 21h
Place : Slakthusateljéerna Project space (entry from the back)
Bolidenvägen 22, Johanneshov. T-bana / tvärbana Globen
Participating artists : My Lindh, Linus Lohmann, Litten Nystrøm, Stéphanie Solinas, Malin Pettersson Öberg
Text : Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Graphic design: Leo Denis Norgren
Conversation and screening Translating Places and Constructing Landscapes at Iaspis Friday 28 August 16h – 18h
Place : Konstnärsnämnden, Projektrummet
Maria Skolgata 83, Stockholm
Language : English
Guests : Malin Pettersson Öberg, visual artist (SE), My Lindh, visual artist (SE), Ari Allansson, founder Air d’Islande, Paris (IS), Litten Nystrøm, visual artist based in Iceland (DK), Linus Lohmann,visual artist based in Iceland (DE), Stéphanie Solinas, visual artist (FR)
Moderator : Jonatan Habib Engqvist, freelance curator (SE)
After the conversation the evening continues in the exhibition at Slakthusateljéerna

With support from :
Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists
Nordisk Kulturfond
Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Centas, Farsta

Photos: Stéphanie Solinas