Mai Hofstad Gunnes


Danmarks plass, Bergen Map

Opening 13 June at 14:00

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Mai Hofstad Gunnes’ new work, Father, consists of a two-channel video installation recorded at Nygårdsparken in Bergen with the dancers Sigrid Hirsch Kopperdal and Lena Meland. The two dancers move in opposite directions around a circular space in the park while filming each other with a 16mm camera and an HD camcorder respectively. The recordings from the two cameras are like two hands of a clock moving clockwise and anticlockwise, repeating the circle again and again. The two gazes that we meet in the film are two consciousnesses or two memories trying to meet; they circulate in the same orbit, moving in opposite directions around the same centre. The meetings are almost identical yet always a little different.

Mai Hofstad Gunnes

In her artistic practice Hofstad Gunnes often collaborates with dancers and actors. Mai Hofstad Gunnes works with film, collage and installation. She studied at Universität der Kunste, Berlin, CCA Kitakyushu, Japan and the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. She has had solo shows at among other places the Trondheim Museum of Art, 2015, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 2012, and UKS, 2012. Group exhibitions include Momentum 7, Moss, 2013; In the house of Mr and Mrs X, Temporary Gallery, Cologne 2013; Paradox, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2013; Oh how time flies, Bergen Kunsthall, (2011); Le choix du titre est un faux problème, Cneai de Paris, 2011; Goddesses, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2010).

With thanks to Statens Vegvesen. The exhibition is part of Imagining Commons – twelve days of exhibitions, performances, a camp, talks and lectures 5th – 17th June 2015 in Bergen. Imagining Commons is funded by Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, Fritt Ord and Public Art Norway (URO).

Photo: Thor Brødreskift, Eirik Lande and stills from the film

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