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New work by Anna Ihle

26. Apr 2018 KL. 18:00 - 21:00

Join us to celebrate the approach of spring – at Kuppelkupp
Tonight, under the glass cupola, we present new works of art by Anna Ihle. There will also be a guided tour of the exhibition Love Story, which includes a multi-channel video installation by the South African artist Candice Breitz

The concept of recreation undergirds the works Anna Ihle will show at Kuppelkupp on the Thursday before International Workers’ Day (1 May). There are also some direct sources of inspirations for these works: for one, a radio interview from 10 January 2018 with the director of Spekter (Norway’s employers’ union), Anne-Kari Bratten, who discussed women working part-time, for another, a speech held at the opening of the exhibition Bjarne Melgaard/Sverre Bjertnes in Stavanger earlier this year. As part of her instruction-performance, Ihle has invited the local Voice of the Soul Choir, directed by Priscila Serrano, to perform a work composed by Jens Borge. By making small, ambiguous interventions in the choral programme and in the cupola, Ihle actualizes questions about work, productivity, free time and the reigning ideals and hierarchies in society.

Anna Ihle (b. 1984, Stavanger) has in recent years made works of art that explore the meaning of labour in our times. She sculpts in stone, carves wood, pans for gold and invites others to discuss their work processes. She often asks the same questions: When is your workday over? What do you consider work? What do you think about when you work? When are the hours right after work recreation and not just rehabilitation? Due to her field of interest, Ihle returned to Stavanger in 2016, a time when the city’s inhabitants experienced major changes in their work situation. Ihle has studied at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm and at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. Her works have been shown at (among other places) Konsthall C, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Art Lab Gnesta, Spriten Kunsthall, RAM Galleri, Kunstmuseet in Nord- Trøndelag, Kunstgarasjen and Fotogalleriet. Ihle has been chosen as ‘Stavanger Artist for 2018’ and been one of the driving forces behind Atelierhuset Tou Scene and Studio 17. This autumn she will be in Maastricht, at Van Eyck Academie, where she will continue exploring the complicated structure of working life.

 Photo: Espen Birkedal