"Self-portraits, I Am Not This"
September 26 - October 24
SPECTA is happy to present the exhibition Self-portraits, I Am Not This by Danish artist Augusta Atla. On show are two series of photographic self-portraits.
The photo works by Augusta Atla hold a confessional element as we know it from e.g. the diary. Furthermore the works also take part in her ongoing studies of visual art history. These studies are a significant basis for the work of Atla, yet Augusta Atla insists that her works have their own visual nature and are to be experienced by the viewers individually.
Augusta Atla: "The self-portrait is a media I have worked with for seven years, originating as a private visual diary/notebook document. Through the years the work has become a much more autonomous and independent piece of artwork to further evolve. Obviously, it may seem strange to be both the viewer and the object within the making of an artwork, however for me it is not much different from the poet who uses the language of poetry with which to describe his own life experiences, insights and emotions.
The original need to make self-portraits was to offer myself a free space, a Room of One's Own, as Virginia Woolf would have expressed it. That is, a space where every sort of sensitivity, intimacy, fragility and emotion was whole heartedly allowed and kindly welcomed. Obviously, as a mother is kind to a new born baby, and the affection is truly from the depth of her heart, - similarly the self-portraits suggest for the viewer to take virtue in the same sort of affection and kindness towards one's own sensitivity, and thereby the work hopefully transcends the issue of misunderstanding it as narcissism, which it truly has little to do with.
The under-title, I Am Not This, proposes that even though I am the maker and the object within the work, it has little to do with me as a person. Instead, I use the visual language like a poet would use his language of poetry with which to talk openly and compassionately to the emotional, fragile, sensitive and secrets aspects of the individual viewer. That is, as much as the work offers a free space of sensitivity for myself, I hope that the work will also offer such heartfelt and open dialogue for the viewer."
Augusta Atla (born DK 1979) is educated at Goldsmiths College 2006 (BFA). She has had solo shows at SPECTA 2008 and 2006, Tou Scene in Stavanger (NO) 2006, and at Horsens Art Museum (DK) 2007, where she achieved the Young Talent Award. Recently (2009) Augusta Atla contributed to the exhibition "Til Vægs" at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, and she is currently on show at Soutterrain in Amsterdam. Furthermore she has participated in a number of group exhibitions in London, New York, Rome as well as in SPECTA. The work of Augusta Atla include lectures, events and performance. www.atla.dk.
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