Exhibitions that focus on the meditative, the participatory, and the natural world
Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan, Rana Begum, and Kimsooja will all create new works for their presentations at Wanås Konst. The sculpture park focuses on site-specific artworks and over the fall and winter, the work with the artists’ ideas has intensified, including how and where the new artworks will be realized both inside and outside. Elisabeth Millqvist, artistic director, describes the coming year:
"In 2020, we are presenting artists with whom Wanås Konst has wanted to work for a long time; they enhance the meditative experience of nature and combine it with making; working beyond the object of art, they invite visitors to come close, to touch."
Color and geometric patterns are recurring themes in Rana Begum’s art, and she is fascinated by how light changes the experience of the artwork. Change will also be a central concept to both Kimsooja and Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, who are presenting artworks that will grow, expand, and be built during the exhibition period along with the help of the sculpture park’s visitors. This exhibition marks the first time Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan are presenting their work in Sweden.
Artist duo Isabel (born 1965 in the Philippines) & Alfredo Aquilizan (born 1962 in the Philippines) use the experience of leaving behind their homeland of the Philippines for Australia in their art – they continually return to themes such as traveling, home, belonging, and migration. They often work with others to realize their artworks and to create dialogue and local engagement. The artist duo describes their work:
"Our artistic practice is anchored in the idea of co-creation and collaboration, with projects that involve and engage as well as create relationships through sharing experiences."
This will be the first presentation of these artists in Sweden; they have previously participated in several leading art Biennials such as the Sharjah Biennial (2013), Sydney Biennale (2006), and Venice Biennale (2003).
Kimsooja (born 1957 in South Korea) creates installations that are both colorful and meditative. She often returns to women’s work and handicrafts and to textiles in her artworks. She establishes parallels between the body and the needle as a metaphor for how we move through the world and connect geographies and cultures throughout our lives. She describes her practise:
"I’d like to make works that are like water and air, that cannot be owned but can be shared by everyone."
In 2006, at Magasin III in Stockholm, Sweden, she presented a comprehensive exhibition and displayed works with the cloth bundles of traditional Korean bottari, which she has used and explored for 25 years, and poetic, performative video works. In 2013, she represented South Korea at the Venice Biennale, and she has collaborated on exhibitions at the world’s leading art institutions. Kimsooja’s work can currently be experienced in the project Traversées in Poitiers as well as at the Peabody Essex Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She lives in New York, Paris, and Seoul.
Rana Begum (born 1977 in Bangladesh) has lived in London since she was 7 years old, but in her artworks, the childhood experiences of nature and Islamic ornamentation are recurring themes as well as influence by geometric abstraction of minimalism and constructivism. She works in abstract and sculptural terms with color and form as her starting point; she is interested in how natural light changes work throughout the day and says:
"I want the work to have some kind of movement whether it’s in the material or in people physically moving around the work."
Rana Begum has a degree in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2002). She accepted the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2017 and has collaborated on several group exhibitions at leading museums, TATE St. Ives in 2018, and showed an acclaimed work at Frieze Sculpture Park in 2018.