Maria Hassabi and Fall Program at Wanås Konst – The Wanås Foundation

The exhibition SculptureMotion brings together six Swedish, Nordic, and international artists in an exhibition that includes moving image and performance. The artists begin with movement – adding, being, reproducing movement, the memory of movement, and emphasizing the dual meaning of the word “movement”: active physical movement, but also movement as mobilization. One of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe, presents his Choreographic Objects in Sweden for the first time. The exhibition program has included a Walk & Talk with William Forsythe, a performance weekend with the artist collective Mammalian Diving Reflex as well as a performance by Sonia Khurana. August 19 and 20 choreographer Maria Hassabi’s outdoor performance STAGED? (2016) undressed will take place in the sculpture park at the Wanås Foundation.

Maria Hassabi, STAGED (?) 2016 ., 2016 Photo: Thomas Poravas.

About Maria Hassabi

Maria Hassabi’s intent to stillness and sustained motion is pursued in her ongoing work as she examines the tension between the human form and the artistic object. The bodies oscillate between dance and sculpture, subject and object, live body and still image. The dancers juxtapose protracted movement with prolonged stillness, giving the audience time to consider them as images, abstract or embedded with multiple references. Staging (2017) that together with Staged (2016) forms a diptych, is being presented this year at documenta 14 in Kassel.

Rachel Haidu writes about the dancer’s movement in the Documenta 14: Daybook, remarking that ”Each trembling reinvents the very notion we carry of shape, no longer a static picture-integer-like, symbolic template – but a mobile and powerful force.”

Maria Hassabi (born 1973 in Cyprus) is a New York-based artist and choreographer. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the image, defined by sculptural physicality and extended duration. Her works draw their strength from the tension between the human subject and the artistic object, the dancer as a performer and as a physical entity. Her works include PLASTIC (2015); PREMIERE (2013); INTERMISSION (2013); Counter-Relief (2013); SHOW (2011); Robert and Maria (2019); SoloShow (2009); Solo (2009); GLORIA (2007); Still Smoking (2006); Dead is Dead (2004); LIGHTS (2001). She has also has also created several short-form pieces, installations including A Dance without Dance (2015); PLASTIC (2015); Hassabi’s works are presented in theaters, festivals, museums, galleries and public-spaces worldwide. In the US in venues such as Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); The Kitchen (New York); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago); CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College (Hudson, NY); Danspace Project (NY); PS122 (NY); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA Festival (Oregon); Ballroom Marfa (Texas); Dance Theater Workshop (NY); PS1 MoMA (NY); and have been included in festivals such as Performa ’09 and Performa 13’; Fi:af’s Crossing the Line Festival in 2009 and 2011, and LMCC’s River to River Festival in 2012 and 2014.

Outside the US she has been presented at venues such as Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Het Veem Theater (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Australian Center for Contemporary Art (Melbourne, Australia); CentrePasaquArt (Biel, Switzerland); Vienna Art Fair (Austria); Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva (Switzerland); Middleheim Museum (Antwerp, Belgium), Beit Hair Center for Urban Culture (Tel Aviv, Israel); Museo Soumaya (Mexico City); Frascati Theater (Amsterdam, Netherlands); deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium); Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium). Hassabi’s work has also been featured in international festivals such as BONE 17 (Bern, Switzerland); “Soft City” at Kunsthall Oslo (Oslo, Norway); Le Mouvement: The City Performed (Biel, Switzerland); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), XING (Bologna, Italy), NEAT Festival (Nottingham, UK); Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg, Sweden); Volcano Extravaganza 2013 (Stromboli, Italy); Dance4 (Nottingham, UK); Performatik Festival (Brussels, Belgium); Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Festival Contemporãneo de Danca (São Paulo, Brazil); City of Women Festival (Ljublana, Slovenia); Springdance Festival (Utrecht, Netherlands); ImPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tanz im August (Berlin, Germany); In-Presentable Festival (Madrid, Spain), TSEH- Springdance/Dialogue (Moscow, Russia), and festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal. Maria Hassabi is a recipient of the 2015 Herb Alpert Award, a 2012 recipient of The President’s Award for Performing Arts from the LMCC, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2009 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2013 she represented Cyprus as part of The Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

About Live Art at Wanås Konst

In 2016, Wanås Konst began actively making dance and performance a part of its program. Not just a one-time event, but a long-term investment in “live art,” art that must be experienced in the moment and requires your presence then and there. This means more chances to take part in dance and performance at Wanås. This year we dive into the specific effects of dance and choreography using the sculpture park and the outlying areas as the grounds for a series of live art encounters and experiments in the form of performances and workshops. The artists dialogue with the existing

collection and nature. They play and tease, and deepen our connection to visitors of all ages. They change the way we experience our bodies in relation to time and space.

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Program SculptureMotion and fall program  

Maria Hassabi STAGED? (2016) – undressed
August 19 & 20, at 1 pm, duration app. 40 minutes, the sculpture park at Wanås Konst.
For more information and reservations, contact
konsthall@wanaskonst.se .
Tickets are included in the admission.

In STAGED? (2016) – undressed, four performers in abstractly patterned clothing are entangled in a slowly metamorphosing living sculpture. In its “undressed” iteration presented at Wanås, away from its theatrical setting, the work invites the context of the sculpture park to influence its form and become its new stage. 

Performers: Hristoula Harakas, Maria Hassabi, Oisín Monaghan
Outfits: Victoria Bartlett
Management: Alexandra Rosenberg.
Co-production: Dance4 (Nottingham, UK), FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival (New York, NY), High Line Art (New York, NY), The Keir Foundation with the support of Dancehouse (Melbourne, AU), The Kitchen (New York, NY), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, GR), and Summer Stages Dance @ ICA (Boston, MA). 

STAGED? was created during residencies at Bard College (New York, NY), the Camargo Foundation with funding from the Jerome Foundation (Cassis, FR), and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva Island, FL). STAGED? was supported, in part, by contributions from Steve Khan, Randi & Jeff Levine, and Leo Koenig & Maggie Clinton. 

The program is part of the exhibition SculptureMotion and is curated in collaboration with Rachel Tess, associate curator dance. It is made possible with support from the Swedish Arts Council and Kultur Skåne.

Björn Säfsten (Born 1981, works in Stockholm)
Conversations and Movement for Seniors
(Samtal och rörelse för dig som är pensionär)
Workshop for seniors.
Saturday October 14, length: 10 am to 4 pm, lunch and refreshments included

How does a choreographer work? Why does dance look how it does? Those of you who are usually sitting in the audience, wondering why it looks how it does, now have the chance to spend a day with choreographer Björn Säfsten and take a physical leap into contemporary dance. Test different working methods, examine movements, and get to know the ideas behind Säfsten’s choreographic work. No previous experience is necessary. Limited number of participants to sign up contact albin@wanaskonst.se  

The workshop is presented in collaboration with MARC, Riksteatern and Östra Göinge teaterförening.

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Ongoing exhibitions  

SculptureMotion The exhibition brings together works that examine sculpture and movement, and sculpture that invites action both swift and still. Participating artists: Carolina Falkholt (SE), William Forsythe (USA), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (DK), Sonia Khurana (IN), Éva Mag (SE), Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN/DE).

Exhibition period: May 7 – November 5, 2017.

Revisit 1987 – 30 Years of Art Exhibitions at Wanås 
1987 marked the first art exhibition at Wanås, and now, 30 years later, there is a permanent collection comprised of 70 artworks. But what did the first exhibition look like? Revisit 1987 – 30 Years of Art Exhibitions at Wanås is an exhibition about an exhibition that through an in-depth look at archival material such as photographs, films, turns back the time to 1987. 
Curator: Filippa Forsberg 

Exhibition Period: April 14 – September 24, 2017.
 

Fall and Winter

In 2017 the Art Gallery will extend its hours to include exhibitions throughout the winter. In the fall and winter we will exhibit Land Tax by artist Jennifer Forsberg (SE) and will have activities in connection to Bästa Biennalen for children, youth, and other curious visitors.

Jennifer Forsberg – Land Tax 
In the Art Gallery. 

Opening: September 30, 2017
Exhibition Period: September 30 – December 22, 2017

Bästa Biennalen and fall break – on the theme of Chaos
October 28 – November 5, 2017, open daily 11am – 3pm

Open workshop inspired by Jennifer Forsberg’s exhibition Land Tax and clay. For fall break we build a kiln and let fire paint the works we sculpt from clay. The firing will take several days and works can not be taken home the day of the workshop. Instead we will gather all of the works created by participants and create an exhibition. Each participant is welcome to pick-up their artwork after the fall break.

Included in the entry fee, free for participants 18 years of age and under.

Always at Wanås

The sculpture park and collection is open daily from 8am – 7pm. 

Art Gallery, Shop & Deli and Wanås Restaurant are open daily. 
May 7 – September 30, daily 10am – 5pm
October 1 – December 12, Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 3pm

Closed Midsummer Eve, June 23, and December 22.

Wanås Konst/The Wanås Foundation
Wanås, SE-289 90 Knislinge, Sweden
www.wanaskonst.se



For questions and further information, please contact: 
Sofia Bertilsson, 46 (0)733 86 68 20, 
press@wanaskonst.se 
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Wanås Konst – Center for Art and Education, 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 approxiametly 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.

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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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The exhibition SculptureMotion brings together six Swedish, Nordic, and international artists in an exhibition that includes moving image and performance. The artists begin with movement – adding, being, reproducing movement, the memory of movement, and emphasizing the dual meaning of the word “movement”: active physical movement, but also movement as mobilization. One of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe, presents his Choreographic Objects in Sweden for the first time. The exhibition program has included a Walk & Talk with William Forsythe, a performance weekend with the artist collective Mammalian Diving Reflex as well as a performance by Sonia Khurana. August 19 and 20 choreographer Maria Hassabi’s outdoor performance STAGED? (2016) – undressed will take place in the sculpture park at the Wanås Foundation.
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Coming into contact with art at Wanås Konst is not superficial. It is live, physical and could be characterized as unavoidable: you feel the dirt under your feet, understand the weight of your body relative to a river of concrete, sense its width in a maze of trees, or its height distorted through bent glass. You seek out the specific work you would like to see and your sense of time is altered. The journey becomes just as important as the object you are looking for. Art is all around. Nature is all around. You activate it, it activates you.
Rachel Tess, Associate Curator Dance, Wanås Konst