Quest exhibition of ID:I Galleri – Xenization
Weronika Bela & Ivar Hagren, Beatrice Hansson, Dan Lageryd, Alexander Mood, Anna Ridderstad, Johanna Schartau, Isak Sundström, Snežana Vučetić Bohm and Johan Wiking
This exhibition shows works of art of ten artists representing ID:I Galleri from Stockholm, Sweden. Shown are paintings, drawings, photography , prints and textile works gathered around the word and theme “Xenization”.
1. (Linguistics) The borrowing and integration of foreign linguistic elements into a language.
2. (Biology) The process of integrating an organism into an environment containing other types of organisms.
3. The act of spending time in a foreign culture.
Source: Urban dictionary
Exhibitor and member of ID:I Galleri Weronika Bela tells about the exhibition:
Me and Ivar Hagren are among 4 new artists at the ID:I Galleri in Stockholm, and are happy to be representing ID:I during the exhibition here in Tampere. This exhibition is the first international project I am involved in since the pandemic started. Traveling and exhibiting outside of Stockholm has been very normal to me, but now feels exciting and somewhat strange. Fellow exhibiting artist Isak Sundström suggested the title ”Xenization” and when I read the definition it put the finger on my emotions. I think we have been forced to keep things local for such a long time now, that even a neighboring country feels exotic and foreign. Suddenly borders between countries seem more tangible and very real.
The biological definition of the word Xenization is easily appropriated to the works of art, being exhibited in Tampere, where we are guests in a foreign art scene. During the pandemic we have become more familiar with biological nomenclature, such as flock immunity, contact tracing, asymptomatic; many words from the biological field have become part of our vocabulary.
ID:I Galleri is an artist run gallery that started in 2002. The gallery is run collectively by 27 professional artists, each with their own artistic approach, united by the idea that they are not primarily running a commercial gallery but first and foremost they constitute an artist run, experimental gallery space.
Sublime and Repress
The name of this show Sublime and Repress, taken from the work of Sigmund Freud ”Civilization and its Discontents” (”Das Unbehagen in Der Kultur “), has work as a theme for this exhibition sorting for the artist to use as a inspiration in the process of selected work for the exertion exhibition.
Sigmund Freud’ book was published in 1929. In this work Freud explores the clash between the desire for individuality and the expectations of society. As the title implies we are constantly unhappy, trapped in the gap. In the book Freud enumerates what he sees as the fundamental tension between civilisation and the individual. The primary conflict, he asserts, comes from the individual´s quest for instinctive freedom and civilisation’s contrary demand for conformity.
It is of special significance that this group show of international artists takes place in Athens since this is where most of us met and connected as a group through mutual interest.
To explore and approach new ways of working with art almost like a discourse between us by making art
The theme of the exhibition has been interpreted differently: as inspiration for example Annelie Wallin (SWE), Amélie Laurence Fortin (CAN), Julie René de Cotret (CAN), and Petri Saarikko (FIN) present work in different ways from a anthropocentric viewpoint; Dan Lageryd (SWE) has in juxtaposition chosen to work with urben fastfood culture;
Ella Tahkolahti (FIN) and Hanna Marno (FIN) work much more directly with the basic theme of sublim and repress, Mathieu Valade (CAN) works with art and the artist’s role; Artemis Potamianou (GRE) has looked at the muse, women’s perspective and role in art history; Alexander Mood (SWE) takes a more existential and personal approach.