Higher Institute for
9000 Gent, Belgium
Hoger Instituut voor
9000 Gent, België
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Friday 24 January 18 - 22h
Saturday 25 January 12 - 18h
Sunday 26 January 12 - 18h
Hopstreet Gallery is happy to announce that we now represent Sara Bjarland. We will introduce her work at [http://bccontemporaries.com BCC, an exhibition connecting Brussels and Cologne].
"Sara Bjarland interweaves the much-discussed tropes of the archival impulse in contemporary art, the archeological drive that unearths, fabricates, fictionalizes and discards pasts, and an interest in objects that lend themselves reluctantly to such a treatment, either because of their humble nature, which dispossesses them of the capacity of participating in the construction of an origin and the identity, political or otherwise, this origin sustains, or because they are too diaphanous. In the way they flirt with immateriality or veer out an identifiable materiality, moth wings appear as antonyms of the conceptual edifices we build to mirror ourselves and our political allegiances. The artistic attitude propelling these permutations is wonderfully fluid, so that Bjarland could be as accurately described as an archaeologist of the insect world or as an entomologist of urban trivia and ephemera, treating all objects as half-lives that can be imaginatively completed, made whole and wholly worthy of our attention."
Mihnea Mircan, on the work of Sara Bjarland, February 2013
Sara Bjarland (°1981 Helsinki) was a resident artist at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium) in 2012-2013. She studied photography at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester and fine art media at The Slade School of Fine Art in London. Recent shows include: Portrait of the Artist, curated by Katerina Gregos, at HISK in Gent (2013), Hippolyte Photographic Gallery in Helsinki (2012), The research and destroy department of Black Mountain College, curated by Jean Bernard Koeman at W139, Amsterdam (2012), Young Artists 2011 at Kunsthalle Helsinki. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
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