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Helle Siljeholm

  • Fotogalleriet 34B Møllergata Oslo, Oslo, 0179 Norway (map)

OPENING: 23.02.2017, 17:00

Looking at Chemicals

The extensive use of cellulose acetate is considered one of the biggest inventions of the 20th Century: ‘plastic became fantastic’. In Looking at Chemicals, film material is used as a trajectory to contemplate society’s large structures’ mechanisms – from the perspective of the chemical. At times, the material looks like a fossil, as a reminder of its fragility and origin.
Siljeholm’s exhibition at Fotogalleriet’s NORDIC ANTHOLOGY project space aims to make explicit a close interaction between the film’s material, production, physicality and its personal and social perception. The works are installed in a shifting dramaturgy of displays – inherently linked – by using both the inside of the gallery and its outside street view, thus offering different platforms for experience.
A very special thanks is herewith directed to David Johan, Helle Siljeholm’s grandfather, whom at an early age developed interests in chemistry, technology and Communism.

Helle Siljeholm (b.1981, Norway) is a choreographer, performer and visual artist based in Oslo. Her artistic practice involves film, installation, choreography and performance. Siljeholm’s education includes a BA in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School (2003) and a MA in Visual Arts from the Oslo Academy of Art (KHIO, 2016).

LIST OF WORKS (please refer to the floorplan)

Nordic Anthology project space
1. Cellulose acetate sculptural objects, made in collaboration with Germaine Ngoma, 2016-2017
Plexiglas stands, table, boxes, light
Installation of variable dimensions

2. Texts, 2017
Film foil, lead weights, transparent thread
3 x 70 x 50 cm, installation of variable dimensions

3. Window, 2017
Plexiglas, cellulose acetate dope coating
35 x 50 cm

Fotogalleriet's storage space
4. Found objects, Basa-Huset AS, Narverdødveien, Tønsberg, 2016
Installation of variable dimensions

Fotogalleriet's window, Møllergata
5. Untitled, 2017
Video-loop, 10 min
Super8 footage recorded in HD, from journeys to: Lebanon, Abkhazia, Palestine, Russia, 'Tectonic Wispering Window' speakers, Luxor TV monitor coded by daylight time settings, automatically switching on for viewing in evening- and night time. The code system is set up in collaboration with Ask Brean

Thanks to: Max Berg, Helge Hovland from Studio Technika, Dag Erik Elgin, Bouchra Khalili, Jessica MacMillan, Greg Pope, Per Platou, Simen Korsmo Robertson, Wenke Siljeholm, Mike Sperlinger, Dirkjan Van der Linde, Fotogalleriet – and in loving memory of David Johan.

Earlier Event: February 10
Later Event: March 9
Daniel Hansen