AMNESIA

Pierre L. Matte, Machine spirits, 2011

Pierre L. Matte, Machine spirits, 2011

AMNESIA is the poetic, Greek word for forgetfulness and loss of memory. Amnesia is a condition suffered first and foremost by those who damage or lose their memory. The causes of memory loss can be many and complex: disease, accidents, and trauma may play a part. It may also be linked to repression, when the brain induces a temporary amnesia to keep out unwanted impulses for a period of repair and healing – at least for a while. We also talk of collective or global amnesia, the thief of our memories, when a whole society or parts of it more or less deliberately adopt forgetfulness as a way of erasing problematic or mentally challenging events in the past. New technology can also lead us to forget things that previous generations made a point of remembering; we store our photographs in vulnerable digital formats instead of the physical photo album. AMNESIA brings together 8 Scandinavian artists who offer their highly individual takes on the many-faceted condition of forgetfulness – in painting, video, photo, and sculpture. In this way the exhibition will highlight historical and political attitudes to the theme, as well as its importance in human relationships.

Grethe Hald is guest curator for AMNESIA. Artists: Harpa Arnadóttir (IS), A K Dolven (N), Michelle Eistrup (DK), Pierre Lionel Matte (N), Maria Miesenberger (S), Annika Ström (S), Salla Tykkä (F), and Johannes Vemren Rygh (N).

The exhibition is supported by Nordisk Kulturfond and Kulturkontakt Nord.