ALL THE FACES IN THE WINDOW ARE SMILING
13 Sept. – 12 Oct. 2014
Katharien de Villiers
The exhibition was based on works submitted through the open call that took place at the Venice Architecture Biennial at Fittja Pavillion, 2014. The information about it one can see below.
All the faces in the window are smiling
Labyrint Press and Botkyrka Konsthall are now initiating an Open Call for submissions of artist’s books, audio and video works, fragments and ideas around the question of the Labyrinth as an ax wheel for a new artist’s book library, adjustable for the ideas of rethinking and building new art institution in Fittja, Sweden.
Open Call takes its start within the Fittja Pavillion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, ending up with an exhibition at the New Biennal for Art and Architecture in Botkyrka, Sweden.
Artists imagination, sensitiveness and openness as touchstones for psychology of space, building, home. Home as a subjective, humble and personal substance. Home as a shelter or a war zone. Architecture as a factor shaping mentality and soul of its inhabitants.
Louise Bourgouis' oevre is a recurring inspiration for Labyrint Press exhibitions, and the domestic and the home are the themes that come as a red thread through her works. "All the faces in the window are smiling" (Writings and Observations, 1996) is a direct quote from the description of her home, Easton House. The drawing of the house has a note on it saying "look for le Corbusier looks", depicting smiling family doodles in strict modernistic square windows. Such windows one can see in the area of Fittja (Botkyrka municipality, Sweden), an area built within the One Million Program. The dream of this project was to give people - from different background and 161 countries - same housing conditions in a short period of time. But could this utopian idea make different people also smile in the same way?
In the end, the catalogue that will sum up this and the previous exhibition (Writings and Observations) will be produced. The startingpoint for this catalogue will be an installation catalogue for "Hon" exhibition by Niki de Saint Phalle: scrapbook with stories, important and unimportant ones, documentation and much more.
How to participate
Works are accepted both before and during the biennale.
Please send them to:
147 85 Tumba
Digital text works can be sent directly as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When submitting a work, please include the following information:
A short presentation of yourself (max. 100 characters incl. spacing)
A short presentation of the work (max. 500 characters incl. spacing)
Country/place where you are based.
Production year. Material information.
Your contact information.
Please send us an email when you have sent us your work, email@example.com.
A curatorial selection will take place. All selected works will be added permanently to the archive of Labyrinth Press. All artists submitting works will receive a confirmation that Botkyrka Konsthall has received the art work (in case if correct email is provided). Labyrint Press may use the excerpts from the books for the presentation in the catalogue, on the webpage of Labyrint and on Facebook page of Botkyrka Konsthall / Labyrint Press, but the right to the work remains with the artist. Labyrint Press will not cover the shipping costs and the insurance of artworks. Due to the amount of works there is no fee paid to the selected artists. By taking part in the open call, an artist agrees not to hold the Konsthall responsible for any loss or damage during the delivery, storage or curatorial process. The Konsthall staff will handle your submission with care but is not responsible for damage to fragile or poorly constructed items. Artists should keep in mind that their work may be moved frequently during the selection process.
Guest curator: Maria Kotlyachkova
Botkyrka Konsthall: http://botkyrkakonsthall.se/
Labyrint was invited by Microclima located at the Serra dei Giardini pavilion in Venice in regards to the participation in the ”The Fittja Pavilion”, an exhibition of art and architecture during The Venice Architecture biennale, June 5th to September 7th. The exhibition was curated by Paolo Rosso of Microclima and Joanna Sandell, director of Botkyrka konsthall. The Fittja Pavilion explores a formation of a new art institution through cross-disciplinary practices: contemporary art, architecture, design, education and music. With kind support from Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme
Music for Xaba
"I fly hundreds of miles giving music away. There seems to be no "fool" to understand me, 'yet my lady keeps on making me go on singing, and I will, so help me God...")
Johnny Dyani (1945-1986)
For the Labyrint Press presentation at Fittja Pavilion in Venice this summer Karl-Jonas Winqvist (Swedish singer–songwriter and producer known from the groups Blood Music and First Floor Power) have dived into one of his biggest passions, music from South Africa and more precisely the legendary South African contrabass player Johnny Dyani who lived in exile during the whole of his professional life in the 60s and 70s, up ‘til his much to early death in 1986 at the age of 41. During the work with a 90 minute Dyani special for Swedish National Radio last year, Winqvist set out to find the rare releases in Dyani’s catalogue, the ones refusing to be categorized into one specific genre but which showcase a more primitive and raw side of Dyani, tracing back to the roots of his upbringing in a country led by an Apartheid regime. While working on the programme Winqvist and Dyani’s daughter, Thandi Dyani (now living in Copenhagen, Denmark) started an e-mail conversation which lead to the finds of a number of old analogue tapes in the Dyani family’s basement containing a unique lot of recorded material, including two unreleased full length albums (one by his group Music for Xaba) which Winqvist has now transferred to digital.
At the opening of Fittja pavilion Winqvist will launch a blog platform, which will gradually over the course of the exhibition period reveal these recordings to the public for the very first time, along with a presentation of material from Dyani's other artistry, (paintings, correspondence, musical collaborations and personal stories etc.)