New Communities - screening and book-release with Kajsa Dahlberg and Nina Möntmann

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 03, 2010 10:31 CET

Time: Monday, February 8, 6 PM
The Project room, Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd Floor.

Nina Möntmann (critic and curator) has edited the book New Communities and curated the exhibition “If We Can’t Get It Together: Artists rethinking the (mal)function of communities” and the symposium “We, Ourselves and Us” for The Power Plant in Toronto, Canada. She also organized the symposium “New Communities” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Kajsa Dahlberg (Malmö) is one of the artists participating in the exhibition above. At Iaspis she will present her film about the Femø separatist women's camp.

About New Communities
: The present popularity of “communities” in art and theory is corresponding to the failure of the great narratives of community in society since 1989 and the
´high-time’ of globalization in the 1990s. In this book, researchers, artists, and curators shed light on how we position ourselves as individuals in a society where global migration is provoking unprecedented structural change; how to conceive of communal spaces; and to what extent communities influence the quality of the public sphere. New concepts of community in art and theory replace unitary and essentialist models based on presence, identification and immanence. The essays in this publication are exploring the emergence of temporary and experimental new communities in art and society that refuse to function as an easily manipulated mass united by a common identity. Instead, the radical re-conceptualizations of ‘community’ imply the potential of collective resistance.

The book is co-published by The Power Plant and Public Books and includes texts by Carlos Basualdo and Reinaldo Laddaga, Simon Critchley, Jon Davies, Brian Holmes, Luis Jacob, Saara Liinamaa, Maria Lind, Nina Möntmann, Nikos Papastergiadis, Raqs Media Collective and Emily Roysdon, as well as contributions from the artists in the exhibition: Shaina Anand, Egle Budvytyte, Kajsa Dahlberg, Luis Jacob, Hassan Khan, Hadley + Maxwell, Emily Roysdon, and Haegue Yang.

Please note! The conversation will be in English, free entrance.


For more information please contact Iaspis project manager Jonatan Habib Engqvist: jhe@iaspis.se

Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists
Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor
118 53 Stockholm

Phone +46 8-50 65 50 77