08 Oct – 13 Nov 2021
Nanna Abell, Julie Falk, Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Asta Lynge, Daido Moriyama, Sara Sjölin, Gianna Surangkanjanajai, and Rosemarie Trockel
8 October – 13 November 2021
The exhibition brings together works by Nanna Abell, Julie Falk, Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Asta Lynge, Daido Moriyama, Sara Sjölin, Gianna Surangkanjanajai and Rosemarie Trockel. The title “Calamity”, which is translated as a disastrous event causing great and sudden damage, is taken from a semi-mythical female cowboy Martha Jane Cannery aka Calamity Jane, whom some may know from Lucky Luke comic books. She was an explorer, army scout, pioneer, storyteller, sharpshooter, performer, dance-hall girl, alleged sex worker. Calamity Jane seems to have worn this bombastic word as a piece of jewellery in late 1800. Taken in the context of the exhibition her figure functions as a fictional melting point and proxy for the constellation of the works exhibited.
During the past year, a year deeply inflicted with the pandemic, the exhibition has taken shape through a strong collaborative effort. Some of the works were newly made; others carefully looked for. Besides a genuine appreciation of the artists, the urge to bring them together was, vaguely: Explosiveness and nothingness. A strong refusal to be mediated. As the show has taken shape, it turns out to be something euphorically different from what we were even able to anticipate. Streetlights, cornfields, rings and cats. Dizziness. An eye, an egg, a face. A camera, a lens, a big city as fabric. Somewhat greasy and black, but most of all, it is perhaps a sense of obscurity of being in the world, that is presented here by the artists in form of video, photography, painting and sculpture.
(Martha Jane Cannery was functionally illiterate. The promotional pamphlet she dictated spelled her surname “Cannary” (with two N’s) and repeatedly misspelled “Missourri”. It also got her birth date wrong, making her about six years too old. There is ample evidence that her surname was probably spelled with only one N, including the census report of her parents when she was 4 years old. It is also questioned whether she received her middle name Jane at birth or sometime later)