Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair is just a month away. During the four days on 12–15 April we will turn our new venue Slaughterhouse 5 into a creative hub of live events and performances. We bring back the popular public seminar programme of TALKS and for the first time introduce the Supermarket Performance Art Centre with an extended range of on- and off-stage performances by Swedish and international performance artists.
Here are some of the highlights of the performance programme:
The artist-run collective Istanbul Performance Art, features a line-up of established and emerging artists, including Gustaf Broms, Mustafa Boğa and Roi Vaara who will be broadcasting with his endlessly swinging microphone. We will also see a performance by the group’s founder Pınar Derin Gençer – ‘You Are Not Lost You Are Here’, depicting the human need for belonging and security after being born and cut off from the umbilical cord.
Vili Nissinen’s ‘Art Must Be Fabulous – Artist Must be Fabulous’ is performed by the artist's stage persona, Anita Bangs. She is an eccentric character who sees the world through queer lenses, and with a punk twist restages the classic performances of Marina Abramovic, transforming her work from serious to burlesque.
‘Icarustic’ is a performance piece by Hungarian artist István Kovács that questions the nature of desire and the inevitability of failure.
The Swedish performance duo Knölkollektivet will search the uncomfortable aspects of human communication and relationships on the stage and around the whole venue.
‘We are already standing in the ruins’ is a short performance by Johan Sandås marking the tenth anniversary of the downfall of western industrial civilisation – the 2008 financial crisis. Masks and artifacts are used to raise important questions about where the humanity is heading. What would happen if instead of desperately trying to save the ruins, we put our resources to finding other solutions?
As every year, Supermarket TALKS introduces a series of topics relevant for the contemporary art sector. Connecting the feminist point of view to this year's theme of LEGACY, the Canadian artist Erica Mendritzki brings a performative lecture ‘Let me talk to you man two man’ that looks back to the patriarchal history of art. The lecture will be followed by a conversation between Mendritzki and Magdalena Blom, a Stockholm-based artist and director of feminist Gallery Majkens. They will discuss feminist movements in Sweden and Canada and strategies to address gender disparity in the art world.
Iaspis in collaboration with the Forum for Living History and AIM Network present a seminar on the political situation in Central Europe. Four artist representatives of the Visegrád (V4) countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – will discuss the cultural and political landscape in the light of recent populistic tendencies across Europe and as influencing the artist-run art sector.
Konstfrämjandet will show examples and point out the significance of Statens Konstråd’s latest art initiative ’Konst Händer’ focusing on the development of artists’ role in public projects, and possible instrumentalisation and trivialisation of such involvement.
Also returning to Supermarket this year are the ‘Art shots’, a series of presentations in a ‘pecha kucha’ format. One speaker, ten images, and only ten minutes to deliver the presentation, you will hear, see and discuss the best on offer from the contemporary artist-run projects. For this year we have secured the participation of Photoport (SK), Artist-Run Alliance (IL), Lateral Art Space (RO), Storm & Drunk (ES), 14+ Artists (TZ) and Galerie SAW Gallery (CA).
This and much more you can look forward to at Supermarket 2018. The full programme for TALKS and Performance will be published on our website www.supermarketartfair.com by the end of March. We hope to see you there!
Paleis van Mieris is an Amsterdam-based artist-run initiative. Shortly after its members graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2014, they had the opportunity to use a 4000 m2 building as a temporary working space, organising members group exhibitions and events and introducing guest artists. To Paleis van Mieris it is important to combine the development of their own individual art practices with the encounters, and conversations they conduct; to learn and establish new connections.
With just a little over a month until the next edition of Supermarket, we decided to include Paleis van Mieris in our Q&A series to find out what they plan to show at Supermarket 2018.
What can we look forward to seeing in your exhibition stand at Supermarket 2018?
'Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole', a work/statement by Lawrence Weiner that sums it all up. Starting as a 'Gesamtkunstwerk' our presentation booth will not only come together as a whole, but it will encompass new and old work according to each of the individual artist's own approach to the practice.
If you could put one thing related to your gallery in a box and store it for eternity, what would it be?
Our sweat and tears in a vial.
What do you see as the biggest asset of being a non-governmental artist-run art space? What are the downsides?
The rhythm of working. We decide what and when, who and how. The downsides are many, from funding to exposure, but they cannot top the rhythm.
You started in 2014 and have since organised a number of exhibitions and projects. What was the highlight of these past years for you?
It might sound brave to say that each and every project mattered equally, but for us as a collective, it really is like that. Our work discipline varies greatly from one project to another, with participating artists being involved to a certain degree, working with or without a budget, involving many external artists or none whatsoever, or building up an exhibition with the help of a working team and outsourced materials or only as a one-man effort. Examples of our many and diverse projects are the theme park ‘Danteland’, a one-month project ‘Shift Operation’,’Minigolf’, and Nook’, which was a solo exhibition space within Paleis van Mieris, to name a few.
Today SUPERMARKET 2018 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair announces the full list of exhibiting artist-run galleries selected to participate this year.
SUPERMARKET 2018 shows 53 artist-run initiatives from 41 cities around the world during 12–15 April 2018. In total more than 150 artists exhibit.
Artist-run spaces from Europe and Scandinavia will be represented alongside initiatives from Georgia, Iran, South Africa, Canada, and the USA. For the first time the art fair hosts exhibitors from Slovakia, HotDock Project Space and Photoport, and from Luxembourg, represented by the Musel Link association. SUPERMARKET 2018 is proud to showcase three Russian initiatives this year – Elektrozavod from Moscow, Dom Gruzchika from Perm, and Gallery ч9 from Murmansk, the very northwest of the Russian Federation. Amongst other first-time exhibitors are the Artist-Run Alliance from Israel, Durden and Ray from Los Angeles, Storm and Drunk from Madrid, Ekkisens Art Space from Iceland, SAW gallery from Canada, and many more.
The overarching theme of SUPERMARKET 2018 is ‘Legacy: Who Will Survive And What Will be Left of Them?’. It discusses the heritage of art and the fleeting nature of human legacy, the issues of sustainability of the artist-run art scene, or the impact that artists have as individuals.
As every year, SUPERMARKET 2018 includes the public programme TALKS & PERFORMANCE, with panel discussions, presentations and performance art. The Professional Networking Participants programme (PNP) also continues with its focus on exchange of knowledge and experience from within the artist-run art scene.
For the full list in pdf click here!
Public dates: 12–15 April 2018
Address: Fållan 10, Slakthusområdet, Stockholm (metro Globen)
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Press viewing: 3 pm, Wednesday 11 April. Accreditation: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information: Felicia Gränd, Press officer, Email: email@example.com, Tel: +46 (0)70 948 38 30
The Professional Networking Participants (PNP) programme is aimed at art professionals with the purpose to create a meeting point for Swedish and international artists, curators and art operators in order to expand their networks beyond the exhibition space.
Last chance to submit your application is tomorrow (midnight) and we would like to encourage you one last time to apply at http://bit.ly/2FJCa5Q, or contact our coordinator Emer for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to your applications!
For the Swedish artist duo Alte Schweden, consisting of Joakim Hansson and Sebastian Mügge, the plan was to launch a IASPIS-sponsored exhibition tomorrow in the Republic of Karelia, in the northwestern part of Russia. However, their plan turned out to be problematic to fully execute as a majority of the material was censored by the local government and not allowed to be shown.
Read the full story here, first published by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter!