3,14 welcomes you to a new opening!
Opening speech by Håvard Haarstad
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen, Norway.
“Ideas, but in things”
In Ideas, but in Things, Ingrid Berven uses the oil industry’s production aesthetics and its value symbols as a continuous structure for her artwork. She addresses the concept of values – among other works in videos, paintings with genuine pearls, also with “workers helmets” in Carrara marble. The discussion about values has been a consistent feature in her artistic practice for years. Especially values relating to art, as seen in many of her former exhibitions. By the use of artistic metaphors and in choice of materials, she challenges the audience to question their concept of value. Concretely, and figuratively speaking she questions time, society, humans and attitudes. The artworks and how we perceive them may be revealing as well as unsettling. They are significant statements to social development. Perhaps we need to be reminded of the importance of looking beyond monetary value and rediscover different measures of contentment.
Each of the works has its own separate artistic expression and has the ability to stand on its own. The idea is that the audience will go into a reflexive dialogue between the art objects, and get extended aknowledgment about the ongoing exchange of values happening today.
Curated by Bjørn Inge Follevaag.
Co-curated by Malin Barth.
Ingrid Berven is publishing a book for the exhibition.
On June 18th there will be an artist / writer-talk between Gunnar Danbolt, Kjartan Fløgstad and Ingrid Berven. Invitation will follow.
The exhibition has received support from Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond, Bergen kommune, Norsk kulturråd.
“The Last Rites”
The Last Rites, is a silent film, depicting the shipbreaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh, which serves as a final destination for hundreds of ships that are to old to ply the oceans. Shipbreaking has become essential to Bangladesh’s industrial growth. Apart from providing more than half the steel the country of nearly 160 million people uses a year, the government collects a lot of money in revenue from an industry that employs more than 50,000 people directly, and another 0.1 million people indirectly. These ships are also in a way part of a «green industry». Almost everything on the ship and the ship itself is recycled, reused and resold. However, there is a dark side to this beaming industry, mainly environmental pollution, and worker rights violation.
Among other environmental issues, oil residues and other refuses are being spilled, mixed with the sea water and left floating along the entire seashore. Explosions of leftover gas and oil fumes in the tanks are the prime cause of accidents, but there are many other safety hasards. The employees are often barefoot, and are given no protective gear. Hundreds of men have died over the last 10 years, on average, one worker dies in the yards a week, and every day a worker is injured. There is an elemental struggle between man and metal, which is elevating throughout Yasmine´s film, as men carry the weight of steel ropes over their shoulders, pull huge parts of the vessels inland, and bear great metal plates. The last Rites is a portrayal of the consequences of the shipbreaking industry, and the agony of hard labor.
Yasmine Kabir won the Ram Bahadur trophy for the Best Film at Film SouthAsia 2009, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, for The Last Rites.
This is Kabir´s second Ram Bahadur trophy, previously winning in 2001 for My Migrant Soul.
“Materials Recovery Facility”
This album was recorded at the materials recovery facility (MRF) run by Casella Waste Systems, in the Charlestown area of northern Boston. The facility receives truckloads of commingled recyclables from many surrounding municipalities and universities. Fed through the facility on a network of massive overlapping conveyor belts, the materials are separated for recycling using automated methods including trommels, disc screens, optical sensors, precisely directed blasts of compressed
air, eddy currents, magnets, and a large staff of human workers, who manage much of the separation by hand.