Opening Reception 18:00 - 21:00
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well and it is a great pleasure to again invite you to the gallery for exhibition opening!
We follow the authorities' recommendations for infection control, which from the 7th of May opens for events for up to 50 people at a time.
With this, we warmly welcome you to the opening of the solo exhibition Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Havana 01 to 06, Erased to Gray.
Exhibition period 7 - 28 May 2020
In March and April we have remained open by appointment, which we will continue with.
In addition, from May 6 there will be two days a week with fixed opening hours:
Wednesday, Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
To arrange viewing beyond this as well as information about artists and works
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We look forward to seeing you again. Warm welcome!
It is a great pleasure to introduce you to the Norwegian artist Hans Hamid Rasmussen.
Born 1963 in Algeria. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.
Educated at Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo 1989-93.
Norwegian-Algerian Hans Hamid Rasmussen refers to his artistic project as an "homage to the hybrid", and in his embroideries he tries to give form to the experience of ruptures in language.
Rasmussen was born in Alger 1963, and French was his mother tongue. At the age of 7 he moved with his family to Norway, and he soon lost his first language. His work explores intercultural dilemmas and the possibility to express both the introvert and silent language he knew from Alger as well as the extravert language he knows from his upbringing in Norway.
Hans Hamid Rasmussen presents his first solo show at Martin Asbæk Projects, Shadows within the wall, in 2008 and participates in the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial in China. In 2004, he represented Norway at the Sao Paulo Biennial.
Words by Hans Hamid Rasmussen:
"The works of art presented at Shoot Gallery are based on a series of photographs taken in Havana with an 4x5 inch camera. The negatives have been scanned, processed in Photoshop and printed on paper. The prints are perforated by a laser cutter, making thousands of holes forming a grid which I then have stitched through with matt thread. The photos depict different forms of architectural public buildings, sports stadiums, shopping malls and schools. Also, there are pictures of private homes, and one ruin which connects the Havana series to an ongoing project I have been working on for several years titled Kasbah Walking.
The two above-mentioned series are connected on the formal as well as on the conceptual level. One fact is that both cities have a long shore along the sea, but also these two cities have been structured by colonialism, although it should be mentioned that Havana was more or less built to serve colonial interests whereas parts of Alger were structured before the colonial era. On a personal level Havana and Cuba have always been special to me because of Che Guevara’s visit to Alger as I took my first step forward into the support of his arms, this was a time when we as a family were still unified and it happened not long time before the coup when Ben Bella was overthrown by Houari Boumédiène in 1965. This episode happened long time ago but it was still present in my mind when I visited Havana in April 2019 as an invited artist to Biennale de Havana. When walking in the city in the search for architectural sites, I observed that Cubans paint the facades of their house in strikingly strong colours, red, purple orange, yellow and green. The prints have shades from white to black which I have covered with hand-stitched coloured threads. I consider the series of work as a form of a parallel process from what I experienced during my stay and walks in Havana. The colourfulness of the buildings in Havana has by stitching into the prints become a personal way for me to transport past memory into the present, I consider what we want to remember and what we want to forget as an active decision."