Sat 23 Sep '17 - Art / expo

Message or Massage? Ellen Vartun (NO)

by Ellen Vartun (NO) with Rosalie Wammes + Céline Gillain (BE)

Body and gender-related issues are an important part of the Avantgardistic State‘s make up: the state stands firmly for all forms of expression. We say, we celebrate who you are and you you want to be.

Please note!
The Ellen Vårtun show runs from Thursday 21 September to Sunday 1 October. As we’re not a regular gallery we don’t have regular opening hours. Nevertheless! You are more than welcome!

  1. Opening night
  2. During Kunstavond (Fridays, 18h-21h)
  3. During Performance Bar Fridays & Saturdays 21h-02:00h

Basically, the gallery can be visited every time there’s a programme in UBIK. Please check the website.

Ellen Vårtun (NO)
Recently graduated from Sandberg Institute, Ellen Vårtun is concerned with body and gender related issues in her work. Toying with the ideas of the massage and the manicure, she appropriates this imagery for a feministic discourse. Ellen Vårtun will show works in the gallery and perform.

The sculpture ‘Girls night out’ toy with the ideas of the massage and the manicure. Vårtun appropriates this imagery for a feministic discourse. She believes that the freedom of women is not something to be taken for granted, especially not in times like these, if we consider the agenda, not only of the political elite in Western countries, but also of some groupings within the society, due to the rise of right- wing nationalist movements across the world. She therefore thinks certain messages, like the fact that women alone should decide over their own bodies in all matters, has to be repeated over and over again.

Vårtun seeks different perspectives through which to encounter the objects in her surroundings. They are not mere things to be possessed, but have an existence in themselves: a life of their own, independent or released from the human being. Claiming that we are all objects, the human as well as the human-made, Vårtun conflates subject with object to address her material environment from this new angle.

Having lived with the objects and sculptures she has made, some for years now, Vårtun has come to realize that a particular relationship has grown between them. The sculptures and objects have adapted to their new environment, and as Vårtun puts it: “They have become autonomous. They are blending into the home environment, like strangers you don’t notice on the street, until you do see that familiar face in the crowd. Once again you notice your fellow and somehow the environment switches back into place”.