Opening | Saturday 15 October 1pm – 5 pm | Eva Koch, On a Line
Official inauguration at 1.30 pm by Margaretha Rossholm Lagerlöf, Professor of Art History and advisor at Stockholm University. The artist will be attending the opening.
Place: The Main & Small Gallery & Stairs at Konstnärshuset, Smålandsgatan 7 in Stockholm.
SKF/Konstnärshuset is proud to present Eva Koch’s extensive solo exhibition On a Line that consists of three video installations: That Dream of Peace (2016), Peace Doves (2016) and Evergreen (2006). The exhibition weaves together ten years of an artistic endeavor characterized by a vision of the world with man as its focal point.
Eva Koch’s installations are built around a specific site, both with regard to the public space as well as the gallery context.
A recurring theme in many of Eva Koch’s works is the anonymous individual’s memories and experiences viewed from the perspective of the collective. The driving force to communicate human experiences common to many is ever-present in Eva Koch’s imagery characterized by sensuality and an intensely moving universal appeal.
In the exhibition, On a Line, the video installations That Dream of Peace and On a Line have been specifically adapted to Konstnärshuset’s exhibition spaces. This is the Sweden premier for both of the installations. In a show running parallel to the exhibition at Konstnärshuset, the same video installations can be seen at Cisternerne in Søndermarken, Copenhagen, although in a slightly different set-up, until 31 November 2016.
On a Line starts with the installation That Dream of Peace in the main gallery. The piece features film sequences of poppy fields – flashbacks from the end of the First World War – as well as film sequences from the 1930s to the present of children in different countries playing the same games while bombs fall and red flowers grow in muddy battle fields.
In On a Line, white doves stand in a row, oversee and observe the surrounding occurrences, or flutter freely in a dream-like borderland between symbolism and reality, between war and a dream of peace.
Evergreen depicts a form of peer pressure and the cruelty of excluding a child from play. The plot unfolds with the beautiful landscape of the Faroe Islands as the backdrop, an environment that is partially auto-biographical. Bullying can take place anywhere.
The footage of Evergreen has been filmed in a single, perfectly circular shot, and encompasses in an archetypical manner, the memory of similar situations that have taken place in other contexts in our lives.
Eva Koch’s works have been exhibited at, among other venues, the Venice Biennale Arsenale and the Danish Pavilion, Italy; the Sydney Biennale, Australia; the Tel Aviv Video Art Biennale, Israel; the National Gallery of Art and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Denmark.
The exhibition On a Line has been produced for Konstnärshuset with the generous support of the Swedish Arts Council.
Celia Prado curator/artistic director SKF.
Many thanks to:
Presentationsdesign AB (image editing and installation)
On a Line
The Main and Small Gallery
15 October – 13 November