Exhibition: Out of the Inside by Eli Maria Lundgaard
- Place Nordnorsk kunstnersenter, Svolvær
Eli Maria Lundgaard uses her artistic practice to explore places where boundaries move or disappear.
By examining movements, intersections or transitions between surfaces and lines, she explores just how unstable or mutable boundaries can be – they are places that can neither be confirmed nor disregarded, and they provide fruitful soil for imagination and poetry. Lundgaard is interested in describing or reformulating situations that dissolve or undergo change. Through associations and metaphors, she twists an unambiguous phenomenon into something more abstract and inarticulate. She wants to erase existing definitions and understandings there where the words can lose their meaning.
Lundgaard explores how language, stories, histories, myths and memories form our understanding of reality and our view of both ourselves and our environment. Where is the boundary between the subject and all that lies beyond it? Who actually exists inside the self? Both the inside and the outside leak through to each other and negotiate with and change each other.
In Nordnorsk kunstnersenter’s gallery, Lundgaard presents a large installation consisting of both video works and sculptures. She looks for states of being that exist somewhere between living and dead, creations and ruins, foetuses and ghosts, and the eternal and the transient. She examines the human body as a container of movement, biology, memories and stories. She explores how genes, history and ghosts influence our consciousness, asks questions about who we are and what we consist of, and describes a kind of life that has neither a beginning nor an end.
Eli Maria Lundgaard (b. 1989, Trondheim) holds a master in fine art from Malmö Art Academy (2018). Her work has been presented at The Moscow International Biennale for Young Artists (2016 and 2018), the onboard program at The Antarctic Biennale (2017), as well as at several exhibitions and screenings in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. In 2019 she was nominated for Future Generation Art Prize, and have through this exhibited at Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, and in in the collateral event of the 58th Venice Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions includes UKS in Oslo and Delfi in Malmö in 2020, and Marabouparken Konsthall in Sundbyberg 2021.
The exhibition is supported by the Art Centers in Norway, the Cultural Council and the Visual Artists' Remuneration Fund.