STATE OF MIND at YGALLERY in Minsk
AVIEW NOMAD GALLERY & YGALLERY PRESENTS WORK BY SWEDISH ARTISTS IN MINSK BELARUS, March 2010
The Swedish artistts Annica Karlsson Rixon & Anna Viola Hallberg are currently based in California together with Ygallery and the Swedish Institute they bring attention to the LGBTQ situation in Minsk by showing the installation State of Mind, conducting the Lezzie Think Tank and doing video documentation of the situation in Minsk for LGBTQ people.
The video, photography and sound installation State of Mind consists of some 40 people in St Petersburg, Russia. The work explores boundaries between ethics, legislation, prejudice and civic expectations in the LGBTQ life of Russia focusing on lesbians and bisexual women. It discusses subjects such as shortcomings vs. possibilities, belonging vs. alienation, appointed- vs. selected identity. And reintroduces these issues to the local communities.
The foundation of the work is captured in personal stories and group portraits. The artists have been collaborating with organizations, activists and select individuals in St Petersburg during returning visits 2006-2008.
State of Mind introduces a discussion of intercultural perspectives to identity politics. The stories are selected from documentary material collected in great trust between the artists and the interviewees in fieldwork. Leadership, democracy and human rights are central matters.
State of Mind has been exhibited at Rosphoto in St Petersburg, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Kharkiv Municipal Gallery and Gogol Fest 09/Art Aresenal Kiev.
On March 5th at 7 pm it opens at Ygallery in Minsk. The exhibition is supported by The Swedish Institute.
Title: State of Mind
Artists: Annica Karlsson Rixon & Anna Viola Hallberg
Media: Installation, 11 color photographs (c-prints), seven monitors (sd) and one projection (hd) with sound (stereo).
Duration: 7 x 35 min of interviews, running independently (7 loops), 1 x 30 min backdrop (loop)
Voice: Russian, English, Swedish
Subtitles: English & Russian
Production year: 2008 (2006-2008)
Lezzie Think Tank (LTT) is a traveling think tank on issues of community, activism, based on local needs infused with pan-national experience - forming coalitions between organizations and individuals. LTT was launched as a forum for exchange of ideas and thoughts towards an empowering network among activists within the LGBTQ scene using State of Mind as a step stone for not only the think tank but for seminars as well.
Artists webpage: www.aview.se
Aview Nomad Gallery: www.aviewnomadgallery.com