Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst - Ellie Ga
Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst / 17.01.2018
Die Künstlerin Ellie Ga stellt sich und ihre Arbeiten vor.
Ellie Ga, The Day Starts Like This
Ellie Ga will talk about three projects: The Fortunetellers, Square Octagon Circle and Strophe, A Turning.
She will show excerpts of videos and performances from these series and discuss the themes and practicalities that went into making these works.
17.01.2018, 18 Uhr
Auditorium, Am Speicher XI 8, Bremen
Ellie Ga’s work is inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to contact and chart the unknown. She uses a range of visual and audio media to build her layered narratives: part observational essay, part documentary, part fragmentary storytelling.
Ga’s projects unfold over the course of several years, often in tandem with research centers and archives. The unusual experiences Ga has drawn upon during the last decade of her artistic output include the fortunetelling rituals of Ga and a small crew of scientists drifting on a sailboat in the frozen Arctic Ocean and the quest to piece together the artefacts of a submerged ancient wonder in Alexandria, Egypt.
Over the past two years she has been developing a history of messages in bottles: their use in oceanography, folklore and literature. The message in a bottle is used as a portal into the circumstances that contribute to drift and how a person interprets what they find on the shoreline. Objects drift, and human stories drift. Ga explores how flotsam on the shore engages one’s own humanity and becomes a vehicle for action.
Set against these experiences are the self-reflexive questions Ga repeatedly turns over in her work: How does the artist fit into established frameworks of inquiry? At which junctions is the artist uniquely positioned to contribute to the fields of journalism, history-telling, archeology? And when does does it not work out so well?
Ellie Ga (b.1976 New York City) has worked with research centers such as The Explorers Club (New York), Tara Arctic Expeditions (France/Arctic Ocean) and The Center for Maritime Archeology, Alexandria (Egypt). Recent solo exhibitions were presented at Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire (FR) and M-Museum, Leuven (BE). Ga’s performances have been showcased at The Guggenheim Museum; The Kitchen and EMPAC (New York); The Cartier Foundation (Paris) and the Playground Festival (BE).
She is a co-founder of the publishing press Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn. Upcoming publications include Dialogue (with Marcelline Delbecq, Shelter Press), Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press) and an solo show at Bureau, New York in September 2017. She is currently a recipient of a three-year project grant from Swedish Research Council. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
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