BARRIERS – CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA. INAUGURATION AT WANÅS KONST MAY 17, 2015.

Follow the exhibition in the sculpture park with new images of the works and installations. Meet the contemporary South Africa in an exhibition that brings together six artists from one of the new hot spots of the globalized art scene. Borders emerge and vanish, and barriers are constructed that separate us from each other. With new and especially commissioned works in the Sculpture Park and the Art Gallery as well as a suit of recent films, several of the artists in Barriers work with representations of the human body. 

Barriers – Contemporary South Africa, with Igshaan Adams, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hannelie Coetzee, Nandipha Mntambo, Mary Sibande and James Webb.

 Opening Sunday May 17, 2015. Inauguration at 1pm by Stefan Helgesson, professor of literature, Stockholm University. The artists will be present.

Exhibition: May 17 – November 1, 2015.

(1) Mary Sibande. Let slip the dogs of war, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst. (2) Hannelie Coetzee, Ou sog tussen bome/ The old sow between the trees, 2015. Photo: Mattias Givell/Wanås Konst. 

Barriers – Contemporary South Africa
Igshaan Adams, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hannelie Coetzee, Nandipha Mntambo, Mary Sibande, James Webb. Additional exhibitions and programs 2015: The Children’s Book – Jenny Granlund & Johanna Koljonen, and Revisit – Past Performance that explores the history of performance at Wanås and includes a performance lecture with Robert Wilson, and a collaboration with Konsthantverkscentrum with contemporary craft. 

Exhibition: May 17 – November 1, 2015.

Publication WK#15
The 2015 exhibition season is accompanied by a magazine. With artists’ presentations, and essays by Nthikeng Mohlele and Elisabeth Millqvist. In Swedish and English.

Wanås Konst/The Wanås Foundation
Wanås, SE-289 90 Knislinge, Sweden



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Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Since 1987 exhibitions of Swedish and international contemporary art have taken place, with a focus on site-specific installations. Today the sculpture park holds more than 50 permanent works, created specifically for Wanås Art by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Ann-Sofi Sidén et al. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery. Art is also installed in stable and barn buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation. A non-profit foundation in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, only 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since  2011 the foundation is led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Read more at www.wanaskonst.se

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Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and in the Art Gallery, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way. The collection in the sculpture park has 70 permanent works, created specifically for The Wanås Foundation – Wanås Konst by artists such as Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono and Robert Wilson et al. The sculpture park has approximatly 75 000 visitors per year and 8000 children take part in educational activities. Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation, a non-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since 2011 the foundation is led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Wanås Konst is part self-financed, part supported by state, regional and municipal funding, as well as by private foundations and sponsors. Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. Wanås consist of a medieval castle, an organic farm, a scenic sculpture park and an art gallery in southern Sweden as well as the newly opened Wanås Restaurant Hotel. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a Long Run Destination – a leader in sustainable development within the tourism industry, community development and cultural management. Read more at www.wanaskonst.se

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Follow the exhibition in the sculpture park with new images of the works and installations. Meet the contemporary South Africa in an exhibition that brings together six artists from one of the new hot spots of the globalized art scene. Borders emerge and vanish, and barriers are constructed that separate us from each other. With new and especially commissioned works in the Sculpture Park and the Art Gallery as well as a suit of recent films, several of the artists in Barriers work with representations of the human body. Barriers – Contemporary South Africa, with Igshaan Adams, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hannelie Coetzee, Nandipha Mntambo, Mary Sibande and James Webb.

 Opening Sunday May17, 2015. Inauguration at 1pm by Stefan Helgesson, professor of literature, Stockholm University. The artists will be present. Exhibition: May 17 – November 1, 2015.
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But what is it, exactly, that constitutes a “barrier”? Are barriers evolving phenomena, do they have sell-by dates, and, once abolished, can they metamorphose or mutate into something benign or even more sinister?
Nthikeng Mohlele, The Grand & The Minuscule
The body as a site of conflict.
Elisabeth Millqvist, Artistic Director, Wanås Konst