Unni Gjertsen

Unni Gjersten is an artist born in 1966, who graduated from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts (NO). In 2006-2007 she was a grant holder at IASPIS, Stockholm (SE). She spent 2009 doing research at Platform China Beijing, CoLab Art & Architecture Bangalore and in Armenia. Her collective shows include Correct me If I’m Critical, Nordische Botschaften, Berlin 2010, The Wall, UKS Oslo 2009, Headlines and Footnotes, Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Norway, The last Marquise, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Belgium, Rauma Biennale, Finland 2008, If I can’t dance I Will not be Part of Your Revolution, MUHKA Antwerp 2007, Konstfeminism, Göteborgs Konsthall 2006. Her solo shows include Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk 2007, Konsthall C Stockholm 2005.

Departing from Armenia

This reading performance integrates a published text that is the collaborative part of an ongoing artistic project born out of a research journey in Armenia undertaken by Unni Gjertsen and Liv Strand in 2009. The written dialogue contains some wildly digressive associations, traces of places and people. It evolves around the unstable; change, re-shaping and new formations, and so will the performance. It will play on the difference between what is written and the voice, staying close to the border where the risk of falling out of character is constantly present. Photo projections will also be part of the performance.

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