Aarhus-based NEPTUNE Performancekunst Salon curates their first site-specific art project: “MAPPING PROCESSES OF GENTRIFICATION” regarding a collaborative process between Aarhus-based artist and curator Sall Lam Toro, Helsinki-based artist Sepideh Rahaa, Vienna-based artist Rahman Hak-Hagir, and Copenhagen-based Amir Zainorin. Paired up in artist-curator duos, they examine and deconstruct socio-political processes of gentrification, site collective remembrance, and notions of site identity taking place in the peripheric area of Gellerup, Aarhus.
Focused in one single street-boulevard, the one named after the famous Danish writer Karen Blixen, they see this key point as the epitome of gentrification in Gellerup due to the massive changes, renovation and demolishment of residential buildings for new complexes and apartments, an office center with departments for sports and cultural activities and a café, creative and crafts studios and an urban planning project house.
Through performative intervention/action, drawing, (re)-writing, movement, mapping abstractions and metaphors in situ or video, and conceptualizing monument installations, the artists and curator compose a body of work and engage invited collaborators/participants.
Supported by Aarhus Kommune
Part I: Site and Embodiment: #RE-WRITINGBLIXEN
01-05th July 2019
Rahman Hak-Hagir being a visual artist working with performance art as a way to reflect on life and its tensions, contradictions, bliss, conflicts and decay, is quite interested in the embodiment of everyday life objects by engaging them into actions. Actions that makes us understand life chaos differently.
Together with Lam Toro, he has developed a rhizomatic universe inspecting the presence of “KAREN BLIXEN” as a street name, metaphor of wealth, power and influence and its weight and significance culturally and politically.
RAHMAN HAK-HAGIR (May 15, 1972) is an Austrian born Vienna based half-Afghan conceptual and performance artist who began his career in 1990. Active for two decades in varied fields of art, his work is recently focusing on the conflicting priorities between individual and social environment.
Part II: Performative Drawing #KARENOVERBILLOR?
12-15 th July 2019
Sepideh Rahaa’s line of work is examining critically aspects of migration, intersections between tradition and post-modern lifestyles between West and East, politics of difference and relationships between space and identity. She is interested in forms of sharing collective memories/remembrance through the act of listening, (co-)writing, drawing, creating resignifications of such moving universes into materiality.
For her short visit, she developed together with Lam Toro an abstract mapping through performative drawing on video where they re-signify “ghetto” from different standpoints, those from the residents and from their own critique to how the media portrays Gellerup as being one. The map contained Karen Blixen Boulevard as a space with all the different main buildings and spaces, and phrases too that gave voice to one of the resident’s statements retrieved form the media regarding how she felt about “ghettoization” in Gellerup. They have also included the paragraph from Blixen’s “Out of Africa” mentioned above as the instance demonstrates poetically and simply this relation between space and bodies.
Sepideh Rahaa is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist, curator and doctoral researcher based in Helsinki. In her practice she focuses on womanhood, resistance, migration and representation.