Hillside Projects, Arijit Bhattacharyya & Julia Schuster
For the summer exhibition, Röda Sten Konsthall introduces three different artistic practices with the sound-mimicking title dhak dhak ho-hum ah eekff iii ie. The exhibition presents a series of paintings, monumental clay installations, and video-performances by artists Arijit Bhattacharyya, Julia Schuster, and the art collective Hillside Projects in collaboration with Jonas Holmer. Many of the artworks on display have been created in dialogue with the exhibition space and with each other.
The exhibition´s red thread is founded in the artists shared interest in questions of transformation, movement and evolution. Through various artistic expressions they scrutinize different aspects of spatial and time transformations, while exploring the circulation of ideas, and movement of bodies. The word “movement” becomes interesting here as it is both defined as the act of moving as well as an organised effort to create change by people with shared beliefs.
With this exhibition, Hillside Projects, Arijit Bhattacharyya, and Julia Schuster remind us that there are countless ideas that can make people move towards shared or conflicting goals. It remains to be seen in which direction we are moving at this specific point in time. What ideas guide your path, your movement forward?
The exhibition is curated by Amila Puzić and Mia Christersdotter Norman.
Hillside Projects is Emily Berry Mennerdahl (b. 1980) and Jonas Böttern (b.1977) a Swedish/British artist duo based in Stockholm, Sweden. Through an exploration into methods of storytelling and performance, their work is manifested as installations applying a range of materials including text, sound, video and publications. Situated within a conceptual framework, their practice revolves around tales of disappearances in the natural world, as well as the interrelated socio-political narratives that arise through these tales. Hillside Projects approach their subject matter embracing the absurd, the comedic and the tragic. Who should be saved and why? Who decides who should be saved? Is it time to say goodbye?
Hillside Projects’ videos are distributed by FilmForm – The Art Film and Video Archive and Vidéographe Montréal. Their work has been shown and screened at amongst others; Bonniers Konsthall, SEA Foundation, Oberhausen Int. Short Film Festival,32. Stuttgarter Filmwinter Galleri 54, Dazibao – images expositions éditions, Institut français de Suède, CFF, Clark House Initiative and Neu Now Festival. Together they have taken part in residencies at The Banff Centre, Clark House Initiative, TCG Nordica, Galleri Box Autumn Studios and been awarded several grants from the IASPIS, konstnärsnämnden, Konstakademin as well as private stipends.
Jonas Holmer (b. 1980) is an artist based in Stockholm. He received his Bachelor and Master degree from Konstfack in 2013 and respectively 2016. His pracrice involves video, animation, music and sound installations.
Julia Schuster (b. 1989, Vienna) is an artist currently living and working in Bollebygd, Sweden. Her material-discursive practice is based on clay and ceramic works which are combined with photography, sound, video and written work. She investigates clay’s unique cellular memory in relation to the memory that exists in our own human bodies. By exploring how materiality, writing and a body’s movements inwards and outwards unite, she creates deeply experiential, contemplative spaces that carry a grounding and essential quality.
Selected exhibitions include Photo Kathmandu, ar/ge kunst Gallery, Christie’s London, British Ceramics Biennial, Platform Southwark, European Ceramic Context, Palinsesti, Kentish Town Health Centre, Boy konsthall, Guozhong Ceramic Art Museum and the Göteburg Biennial (Extended Program). Julia has undertaken residencies in Denmark, Nepal, the United Kingdom and South Korea. She holds a MA in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art London and a BA in Design from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Design and Art, in Italy.
Arijit Bhattacharyya (b. 1994, India) is an artist and independent curator currently living and working in Weimar, Germany. His practice revolves around contentious narratives of resistance through social engagements, design interventions, large murals and lecture-performances. His artistic discourse is deeply rooted in the dissecting trajectories of socio-political history and its implications in cultural practices. As a curator, he is invested in artistic negotiations that investigate methods of social disobedience.
He holds a master degree in Fine Arts from the Bauhaus Universität Weimar and also holds another master degree in Visual Art from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Arijit has been part of exhibitions and curatorial projects from the Göteborg Biennial (GIBCA Extended), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Index Berlin, Arts for the Working Class, Goethe Institut Thailand, Serendipity Arts Festival, Khoj International Artists Association, Photo Kathamndu, Oyoun, Interflugs, Haus Der Statistik to name a few. He had his debut solo exhibition at ChertLüdde Berlin.
Do you want to see more? You can see more images from the exhibition in our Flickr album. You can also find albums with photos from our other exhibitions on our Flickr.