Hosting Jan Mot, Brussels as part of Condo London
Sven Augustijnen Summer Thoughts
Summer Thoughts by Sven Augustijnen is a long-term research project that originated in an invitation from A Prior Magazine to react to dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, 2012).
Inspired by the tapestries of Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970), Sven Augustijnen responded in the form of a letter to curator Marta Kuzma. The series of letters spanning the period from 2012 until today, along with newspapers, photographs, books, and other archival material, bring together temporalities, personalities, and topographies. They constitute a layered network of references, associations, personal experiences, cultural occurrences, and political events happening at the time of writing. Summer Thoughts questions the present state of crisis in Europe as not merely an economic or political one, but as a moral and cultural challenge marked by the twisted meaning of democracy and freedom, personal responsibility, and, as a consequence, fertile ground for the resurgence of far-right movements.
Sven Augustijnen (1970) lives and works in Brussels. His films, publications and installations on political, historical and social themes constantly challenge the genre of the documentary, reflecting a wider interest in historiography and a predilection for the nature of storytelling: ‘Historiography is by no means a natural phenomenon. The way we use stories, images and fiction to construct reality and history fascinates me.’ His solo-shows include Kunsthalle Bern; Wiels, Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels; de Appel, Amsterdam; Malmö Konsthall; Vox, Centre pour l’Image contemporaine, Montréal; CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson. Recent group-shows include The Unfinished Conversation, The Power Plant, Toronto ; Ce qui ne sert pas s’oublie, CAPC, Bordeaux; Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future, Taipei Biennale; Living Together, Kunsthalle Wien.Sven Augustijnen, Summer Thoughts, 2012 - ongoing. Installation view, CONDO, Hollybush Gardens hosting Jan Mot. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels BE. Photographs by Andy Keate