Knut Asdam

Knut Asdam

Bergen Kunsthall

Knut Åsdam
Abyss, 2010
40 min, 35mm to HD, color, Dolby Digital surround
Producers City Projects (London) and Filmhuset (Oslo), Co-producer Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen)

May 13, 2010

Knut Åsdam
27 May – 22 August 2010

Opening: 27 May, 1 pm
Tue – Sun 12 pm – 5 pm
Fridays also 8 pm – 11 pm

Bergen Kunsthall
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen
+47 55 55 93 11
bergen [​at​]

Knut Åsdam’s exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall is structured around three projects that deal with specific geographical areas. With different approaches – in two new films and in a photographic project – the exhibition revolves around the sections within the cities London, Tripoli and Oslo. The exhibition is built up as an architectural installation where the boundaries between inside and outside, between exhibition architecture and artwork, and between the universe of the films and the physical surroundings of the viewers merge with one another.

Abyss was filmed in various locations in East London, at the Thames Gateway and on the outskirts of the area where the Olympic Arena is being constructed. The film portrays an urban reality that is affected in a variety of ways by migration, in the sense of both the movements of human beings and the flow of money and power, and at the same time of a migration that takes place at another level – in the imagination.

Tripoli emphasizes political history and architectural traces through the preserved relics of our recent past. In Tripoli in North Lebanon one finds the remains of one of the world’s most distinctive and ambitious construction projects, a stranded vision in the form of an international market place designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1966. On the outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon in 1975 all the work on the extensive project ceased, and the buildings were never completed. The film is part architectural documentary and part theatrical drama hence Tripoli attempts to leave space in the film for a story of violence and the uncanny.

In addition to the two new film projects the exhibition presents the photo project Oslo, Grorud 1, where Groruddalen in Oslo constitutes the photographic and thematic raw material. The photographs have subjects that are closely related to the themes dealt with in the two film works in the exhibition, but focuses more on details of the everyday. Once more it is a geographically specific area that forms the point of departure – with a number of implications that can be viewed both in relation to and in contrast with Tripoli and London (Abyss).

The exhibition is the 2010 edition of the annual Bergen International Festival Exhibition, produced by Bergen Kunsthall since 1953.

Solveig Øvstebø

On the occasion of the exhibition a new catalogue will be published by Bergen Kunsthall and Sternberg Press. The book will be published in the autumn of 2010, and will contain new contributions by Kaja Silverman, Philippe Pirotte and Simon Sheikh.

Artist Talk
On May 29 Philippe Pirotte will host a dialogue with Knut Åsdam at 12 pm.

About the artist
Knut Åsdam was born in Trondheim (1968). He lives and works in Oslo. Åsdam has exhibited at among other places Tate Britain, London; Manifesta; the Istanbul Biennial; the Venice Biennale; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; P.S.1, New York; and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He has had solo exhibitions at among other venues Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2007); the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2006); and Kunsthalle Bern (2005). In addition his films have been shown at film festivals including Locarno, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. Feature articles on his work have been published in Artforum, Grey Room, Le Monde Diplomatique, Untitled Magazine and many more periodicals.

* Supported by The Norwegian Film Fund (Oslo), The Arts Council (London), Norges Billedkunstnere (Oslo) and Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen)

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