Art Talks: Ingela Ihrman
• 24. November 2016 17:30 Ateliergebäude Doppeldeckraum
Ingela Ihrman’s practice moves freely between performance art, installations, and writing. Costumes and staged situations are reoccurring elements in her presentations, bringing creatures into life while i.e. giving birth or blooming. Her work is characterized by tactile craft techniques, hobbyism and poetic absurdism and borrows from amateur theatre as well as from science. Limiting norms, notions like loneliness and belonging, and relations between different life forms are discussed within her work.
“Ten years ago, I swam in a chilly forest lake, dressed up in a goldfish costume I had made the day before from found plastic, packing tape, orange spray paint, and a snorkel. Four years ago, I bloomed pink and white as a giant water lily bud in a greenhouse pond in Kalmar, the small town where I grew up. This was my MFA graduation project, but above all, an inhibited teenager’s revenge on an adolescence of silence and solitude. Watching the Swedish filmmaker Jan Lindblad’s Anaconda wrestling for the first time — a violent nature and human embrace taking place in a Guyanese river in the ’70s, I knew something decisive was happening. Exploring the Botanical Garden of Hägersten, an imaginary garden run in collaboration with Sofia Hultin and Johan Eriksson, made me realize the power of kinship, hope, and music without looking away from vulnerability or the difficulties of life.”
Ingela Ihrman (b. 1985) is based in Malmö, Sweden. In early 2016 she participated in a field based residency at Neil Island, India, organized by Art Lab Gensta in collaboration with Earth co Lab. Recent exhibitions include the solo presentation Future Flourish, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm (2016), The 8th Climate/11:th Gwangju Biennale (2016), Swamp Biennale, Art lab Gnesta, Gnesta (2016), Survival K(n)it 7, Riga (2015) and Becoming by Recalling, Linköping (2015).
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