The Easter Art Tour 2014 – Elna Jolom and Rachel Tess at Wanås Konst April 18-27, 2014

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Wanås Konst gets a head start on the season this spring as part of ÖSGK's annual Easter Art Tour, with artists Elna Jolom and Rachel Tess. Elna Jolom is exhibiting a large glass installation in the Café and Rachel Tess explores dance in the Art Gallery. Admission to the exhibitions and the sculpture park is free throughout the Easter Art Tour. Come to enjoy the art at Wanås Konst and take a break in the café or visit our newly stocked shop with an assortment of creative and local products. Shop and Café are open daily during the Easter Art Tour.

Artist Elna Jolom works primarily in glass. Her inspiration is the natural world and she uses organic and botanical forms throughout her work. In the café at Wanås visitors are met with a fanciful array of colored glass lamps with chords that twist and spiral from floor to ceiling. Each chord is crowned with a bud-like, candy-colored glass object filled with light. Jolom is classically trained in traditional glass blowing techniques. In her studio sand is turned into glass that is formed by a breath of air.

Elna Jolom, Wanås Konst 2014, photo: Wanås Konst

Rachel Tess is an American dancer and choreographer from Portland, Oregon, who lives and works in Sweden. The primary inspiration for her choreographic work Souvenir, is the empathic response to bodies in motion in a confined space. Souvenir is the title for her mobile choreographic architecture and the dance choreographies and encounters created inside of it. The audience is invited to view dance performance from an unusually close vantage point inside of Souvenir. At Wanås Konst, Tess and dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson will perform a 30-minute duet inside Souvenir in the Art Gallery.

Souvenir Dialogue, in a space adjacent to Souvenir, is an installation that gives insight into the choreographic process. Visitors are invited to practice their own interpretation of the choreography through a set of specific instructions adapted from the performance. Souvenir Dialogue offers a room for the audience to explore their perception of space, movement, and matter, amidst a geography of objects that includes a set of stairs, a pliable sofa, felt blankets, and a bright pink rug. Souvenir was premiered at a Works in Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in July 2013 in New York City (with generous support from the Princess Grace Foundation USA). At Wanås Konst the project will be viewed in its entirety for first time in Sweden. Souvenir will be returning to New York City in September as part of the Lower Manhattan Culture Council’s programming on Governor’s Island.

Tess has invited dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson as a performer and collaborator. Bruun Carlson is a Norwegian dancer trained at the London Contemporary Dance School and Amsterdam University for the Arts. He has worked at Danish Dance Theater and The Cullberg Ballet and has collaborated with choreographers such as Martin Forsberg, Johan Inger, Benoît Lachambre, Crystal Pite, and Björn Safsten.

Rachel Tess, Souvenir, concept and choreography; Rachel Tess, dancers: Rachel Tess och Kenneth Bruun Carlson,
Wanås Konst 2014, photo: Wanås Konst

Elna Jolom trained as an artist and glassblower in Småland. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including public commissions. Jolom is the founder of Österlens Glashytta in Brösarp.

Rachel Tess was trained as a dancer at the Juilliard School in New York City and has performed for repertory dance companies both nationally and internationally including The Cullberg Ballet and Gothenburg Opera Ballet in Sweden. Tess lives in Kivik where she recently established MARC, a center for artistic research in performance and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Souvenir began as her thesis at DOCH (University of Dance and Circus) in Stockholm. 

Dance Me is a part of Stretch, a Wanås Konst initiative that began in 2011, which approaches and explores various creative disciplines through a series of exhibitions. Dance, choreography, and sculpture meet and merge through Stretch programming for 2014. Rachel Tess is a part of Dance Me which runs from May 18 – November 2. Elna Jolom’s glass installation will be on view throughout the season in the Café.

Opening hours
Wanås Konst 

The Easter Art Tour 2014

April 18 – April 27, 11 am – 5 pm 
, free admisson

Souvenir performance schedule:

11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, 3.15 pm, 4.15 pm.

(Performance ca. 30 minutes)
Choreography and concept: Rachel Tess
Performers: Kenneth Bruun Carlson and Rachel Tess

The Easter Art Tour/ Konstrundan 2014 ÖSKG

Wanås Konst, Wanås, 289 90 Knislinge


Upcoming 2014:

Dance Me Molly Haslund, Christian Jankowski, Tadashi Kawamata, Sigalit Landau, Skånes Dansteater, and Rachel Tess

Unvergessen (Graf Spee III) Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena, CM von Hausswolff, Jan Håfström

The Children’s Book  Hur man blir en sten, Klara Kristalova, Martina Lowden

Interlettre Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd

Exhibition Season May 18 – November 2, 2014
Opening: May 18, opening ceremony at 3 pm 

May 18 – Sep. 28, 11 am – 5 pm daily 

Additional opening hours: June 21 – Aug. 17, 10 am – 5 pm daily 

Oct. 4 – Nov. 2, 11 am – 5 pm weekends 

The park is open daily, year-round, 8 am – 7 pm

For questions and further information, please contact: 
Sofia Bertilsson, +46 (0)733 86 68 20, 
Newsroom: (download high resolution images)

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 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 lead by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Read more at




“I bring together the natural world that inspires me and the inherent qualities of glass; changeable, contrast-filled, reflective, luminous.”
Elna Jolom
” The Easter Art Tour gives a taste of our upcoming shows, playful and intimate, accessible and challenging.”
Elisabeth Millqvist, artistic director, Wanås Konst