The Spring Exhibition Jury 2012
Aleksandra Mir (PO, SE, US) (artist and curator), chairman
Aleksandra Mir was born in Poland, grew up in Sweden, lived in NYC for 15 years and in Sicily for 5 before settling in London where she currently lives. She holds a dual Swedish-American citizenship.
Aleksandra's broad artistic practice spans 18 years and the participation in over 200 exhibitions. It involves drawing, photography, video, publishing, installations and public events. She works with non profit art spaces, commercial galleries and public institutions around the world. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted at Casco Projects, Wiik aan Zee, 1999, Cubitt, London (2002), Swiss Institute, NYC (2003), Compton Verney House Trust, Warwickshire (2003), Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St Gallen (2003), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2004), P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2004), The Power Plant, Toronto (2006), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2005), Fundacion NMAC, Montenmedio (2005), Kunsthaus, Zurich (2006), Printed Matter, NYC (2007), Saatchi Gallery, London (2008), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2009), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC (2011).
Ben & Sebastian (1981 UK / 1980 DK) (architects / artists)
Lives and works in Berlin
benandsebastian work out of a need to explore, probe and question the world around them – through architectural constructions. For them, architecture is not only the buildings we inhabit, but also a way of thinking that can be explored through the spaces of mythical stories, utopian models, economic systems and power relations. They create highly-crafted spatial constructions as a way of questioning their own assumptions about how they inhabit the world around them, inviting oth¬ers in to ¬question theirs too. Working through a process of serious play, they tackle their interests head-on and are not afraid to explore the dysfunctional and unfashionable. Their recent work has taken inspiration from mediaeval rituals, romantic ruins, office politics and a Manhattan urban legend.
benandsebastian have, 17 November 2011, opened their first museum solo exhibition 'Phantom Limbs' at the Design Museum, Denmark The exhibition, which takes the title: 'Phantom Limbs', will show work from the past 5 years of their artistic collaboration. It will combine 10 of their works with selected artefacts from Design Museum Danmark, the National Museum and the Medical Museion. After 6 months at Design Museum Danmark, the show follows on to Trapholt Museum in May 2012.
Dorotheé Kirch (1974, DE,IS) (curator and producer)
Prior to being appointed director of the Center for Icelandic Art in March 2010 Dorothée Kirch (b. 1974 - German) worked as a freelance curator and cultural worker. Projects include exhibitions, events and documentaries all in the field of contemporary visual arts. She lived in New York and Berlin before returning to Reykjavik in 2010. Dorothée graduated with a BA in Studio Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and an MBA from Reykjavik University in 2005.
She has worked in various capacities on the Icelandic art scene as well as internationally and has extensive knowledge and contacts in the field, especially in Europe and the United States. She has worked for galleries in Iceland and the US but in recent years she has focused on curatorial work.
Recent projects include the organization of “Experiment Marathon Reykjavik” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Ólafur Elíasson and “Of This and Other Worlds: Einar Thorlaksson and Gabriela Fridriksdottir”, an exhibition at the Arnesinga Art Museum in Iceland. Currently she is working on a documentary with and on artist Hreinn Fridfinsson along with Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir and Markús T Andrésson. With Andrésson she curated the Icelandic pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Henrik Vibskov (1972, DK) (designer)
The name Henrik Vibskov is most commonly associated not only with a fashion label, but a multitude of twisted yet tantalising universes created in relation to each collection.
As a fashion designer Henrik Vibskov has produced nineteen collections since he graduated from Central St. Martin’s in 2001, and he is currently the only Scandinavian designer on the official show schedule of the Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which he has been since January 2003.
Festivals, competitions and lectures:
Since the beginning of his career Henrik Vibskov has frequently been invited to and participated in festivals, contests and talks such as Swiss Textile Awards 2003, Hyères Festival 2003 & 2004, Expo 2005 Japan, the Noovo Festival 2007 in Santiago de Compostella, the LungA Art Festival in Iceland 2009 & 2010 and the Notch Festival in Beijing in 2009.
Although Henrik Vibskov has a principle of never giving away clothes to celebrities for commercial purposes, people like M.I.A., Kanye West, Björk, The Arctic Monkeys, Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand, MUM, Lou Reed, LCD Soundsystem and Devendra Banhart have all been spotted in Henrik Vibskov’s designs.
Between designing new collections biannually and creating the universes surrounding them, Henrik Vibskov keeps himself occupied touring the world as the drummer for electronic musician Trentemøller, and exhibiting at art museums and galleries around the world.
Henrik Vibskov has frequently given lectures and been a jury member at institutions such as Central Saint Martins in London, The Istituto Europeo Di Design in Madrid and the Antwerp Royal Acadamy of Fine Art amongst others.
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (1970, PH/DK) (artist)
Born: 1970, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
Cuenca primarily engages in video and performance art. Taking her own Danish-Filipino background as a point of departure, the artist gathers, adapts, and universalizes her narratives in both a critical and humorous approach to issues such as identity, culture, religion, gender, social relations and art history by re-staging historical performances of other artists. Her artistic production includes song lyrics, music composition, creation of intricate visual elements, including set designs and costumes, as well as photography and objects.
Recent solo exhibition: Afghan Hound at Location 1 New York City (2011), Heidelberg Kunstverein (2010), Ego Show, The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen and Woman in the Rhythm, Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden (2006).
In 2011, Cuenca has participated in numerous exhibitions and performances at venues worldwide: Speech Matters at The Danish Pavilion, The Venice Biennial, Reims Scènes d’Europe, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, Out of Left Field, Quadrilateral Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia, Who’s Afraid of Performance Art? Jonction, Forde, Geneva. In 2009: Performa09, New York City. The Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art and The Tate Modern in London.
In 2007 she was part of the exhibition Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She participated in the Busan Biennial, 2006, in South Korea and the Rauma Balticum Biennial, 2006 in Finland.
She was awarded The Eckersberg Medal of Honour in 2008 and chosen as Artist of the Year in 2006. She has received various prizes of honour, e.g. the Arken Travel Grant along with artists like Olafur Eliasson and Jesper Just.