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3 EXHIBITIONS: VIKTORIA WENDEL SKOUSEN, HANNAH AMALIE NIELSEN & SABITHA SOFIA SÖDERHOLM, TAL REGEV


  • Alice Folker Gallery, København Store Strandstræde 19, 5. tv. København, 1255 Denmark (map)
Viktoria Wendel Skousen “Nicky,” 2018 (inkjet print in wood frame 29cm x 36cm).

Viktoria Wendel Skousen “Nicky,” 2018 (inkjet print in wood frame 29cm x 36cm).

Press Release, August 2019

Opening Friday 16 August 17-19 | 3 exhibitions:
Viktoria Wendel Skousen
Hannah Amalie Nielsen & Sabitha Sofia Söderholm
Tal Regev 


Viktoria Wendel Skousen
”Colleagues”

Colleagues is a series of photographic portraits created between 2013-19 depicting young male artists. The work investigates the history of posing in painting, the aesthetics of the male body and the power relation or intimacy which can occur between the photographer and the one being photographed. How does this frailty show in the portrait of young male artist and how does the object show his respect regarding the photographers professionalism by engaging himself as a model for the colleague?

In his text Colleagues – an exhibition companion Håkon Traaseth Lillegraven writes:
“Rather than turn her back to this history, Wendel Skousen knowingly engages it by submitting familiar poses and compositions into play, harnessing an energy which could otherwise threaten to commandeer it. In the series of portraits (all named, not granting the depicted artists anonymity), we can recognize amongst others, the martyred figure of Saint Sebastian, an eroticised male figure popularised by painters from Titian to Rubens, Singer Sargent to Caravaggio. In another, the contours of Olympia — first presented to an offended public by French painter Édouard Manet in 1895. In her time, by simply returning the viewers’ gaze, Olympia forced her bourgeoise audience into an interrogation of the desire and voyeurism which artworks such as her facilitated for them in a ‘decent’ societal and cultural setting.

Wendel Skousen doesn’t hit far off a similar mark in our time. In Wendel Skousen’s work, a contemporary ‘Olympian’ gaze challenges us to assess how we look at and construe a heterosexual female artist using her male colleagues as the subject matter of her art. How we regard a male artists’ consented depiction in the semi-nude, in their beds, bedrooms, and studios, stripped of the social signifiers which would otherwise imply their professional proficiency, social repute, or other perceived virtues.”

Viktoria Wendel Skousen (b. 1987) lives and works in Copenhagen and has a MFA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien. Her practice investigates different kinds of power relations within the arts, that be political, intimate or the power of the gaze. She works in several different medias including photography, printmaking, text and performance. She has previously exhibited in Remap Athens, KünstlerHaus München, Piscine at Aarhus Kunsthal and Artzone Roskilde Festival. In 2013 she the founded the internet-based art magazine and archive for artistic writing, 'Texted'.

Hannah Amalie Nielsen “Skil jer ikke af med ting, bare fordi de også gør ondt,” 2019 (vævet uldgarn).

Hannah Amalie Nielsen “Skil jer ikke af med ting, bare fordi de også gør ondt,” 2019 (vævet uldgarn).

Hannah Amalie Nielsen  & Sabitha Sofia Söderholm
”The wood is the same as our heart (Skoven er det samme som vores hjerte)”

Hannah & Sabitha create stories and fairytales. They allow the tales to penetrate the text and to enter the room by creating settings and experiences based on traditionel handcraft techniques and cooking. The fairytale world is thereby manifested in the psychical room and the viewer enters directly into the tale.

Hannah Amalie Nielsen & Sabitha Sofia Söderholm are studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. Their cooperation is mainly manifested in clothing/costumes, fairytales/roleplay, poetry/stories and in a particular interest in female history in a performative and sculptures constellation.

Their exhibition is part of Alice Folker Gallery's new program for art students.

Tal Regev “Snake,” 2019 (oil on canvas, 100x76 cm).

Tal Regev “Snake,” 2019 (oil on canvas, 100x76 cm).

Tal Regev
”Silence hits in a flash”

Tal Regev’s work relies on bringing up what lays underneath the surface: power, dynamics, control and memory. The figures in the paintings leak auras, spilling intophysical space to be held in a silent manner. At times, they invade one another pulsating tension between them.

Focus is on the body’s strong psychological impact through the medium of painting. Figures exist in undefined territories, oscillating in light washes of colour. Tal aims for the paintings to slowly unfold for the viewer, and to convey an experience of crossing thresholds as they reveal the sharpness under the surface. The figures hold power yet the possibility of their total collapse is latent. Silence hits in a flash points at experiences which are transmitted through silence. Silence as a hitting force that sinks deep into the bones and structures of things, signalling its presence in overwhelming bursts. The talismanic series Rapid Shifts will be part of Tal Regev’s solo exhibition: swirling snakes leave the body and pull out information deeply embedded in the cells. They cut cords and detoxify the blood cells. There is a healing element to the work, as a counterpoint to the personal experiences that infectbodies.

Tal Regev (b. 1985) holds a MA in Painting from Royal College of Art, London. Her works have been exhibited in London, Paris, Venice etc. and this is the first exhibition in Copenhagen.


Opening: Friday 16 August, 17-19 | Facebook event
Exhibition period: 16 August - 21 September 2019.
Opening hours: Wed-fri: 11-17, sat: 12-15.