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Press invitation: Tamar Ettun – The Yellow Who Wants, 12 May – 21 August, 2016, Uppsala Art Museum

Pressmeddelande   •   Maj 05, 2016 11:09 CEST

For the first time in Sweden Uppsala Art Museum presents the New York based and international established artist Tamar Ettun from Israel. Tamar Ettun’s artistic oeuvre spans a broad field that includes sculpture, performance and video. In the exhibition The Yellow Who Wants the depiction of everyday rituals, the experience of colour and bodily presence indicates how different emotional states can reflect larger political courses of events. Ettun will also participate in Revolve Performance Art Days. Joint with the opening she will perform the piece A Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly Part: Yellow in the Botanical Garden in collaboration with The Moving Company, and Sweden based dancers. Ettun is invited by Iaspis — the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International programme for visual artists and she is Artist in Residence in Stockholm May – July.

Press preview
Date Tuesday 10 May
Time 1 pm or individual agreed appointments
Place Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala Castle, Entrance E

Tamar Ettun will be present during the press preview.

Tamar Ettun's art appeals to corporeal experiences. Textures, scents, colors, weight and lightness are brought together in a multidisciplinary expression. In the exhibition a vast inflatables will appear where the audience can enter and be encircled by the yellow colour. For the show Ettun has created sculptural assemblages put together by objet trouvé and plaster casted of bodily parts. Through the collective processes in collaboration with the The Moving Company, the dance group founded by Ettun in 2013, she explores personal memory, experienced emotions as a foundation for performance and video art. Early performative videos will be on view as well as recent larger video art productions in a poetic language. A can of sardines is opened while tightly clenched between teeth. Red tomatoes are mashed against naked and hairy legs. A shoe is laced with long strands of hair. There is causality to the sequences of events that form these occurrences, where every action gives rise to a new one following logic of its own. Ettun examines the body's relationship to the phenomena – the world and the objects in our immediate surroundings, in order to create new experiences via our senses and strengthen our emotional compass.

In 2015, an extensive project in four parts, a tetralogy, was initiated, A Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly, that will continue until 2018. It is based on a collection of short texts describing memory fragments from the artist's childhood years in Jerusalem that have been coded with colors and seasons. The first part, Blue, was presented as a performance and video at Watermill Center as well as exhibition at Fridman Gallery in New York. The second part, Yellow, the theme at Uppsala Art Museum, commemorates on Eros, desire and the life drive, and premiered as a performance in Bryant Park in April 2016.

A catalogue will be published in connection to the exhibition. Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, curator, deals with Ettuns artistic oeuvre in relation to Sara Ahmeds theory in The Cultural Politics of Emotion. The philosopher Ulrika Carlsson contributes with a text on Eros. Carlssons has a PhD2013 from Yale Universityon Kierkegaard and Philosophical Eros. She is currently Visiting scholar at Tel Aviv University. Graphic design of the catalogue by Jonas Williamsson.

Tamar Ettun (b.1982, Jeruslam) is a Brooklyn based sculptor and performance artist, she is the founder and director of The Moving Company. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010 where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. She studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy. Her numerous exhibitions and performances include: Bryant Park, Sculpture Center, Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Fridman Gallery, The Watermill Center, Madison Square Park, e-flux, Transformer, NADA NYC, The Queens Museum, Braverman Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Andrea Meislin Gallery, PERFORMA 13, PERFORMA 11, PERFORMA 09. Ettun has been honored by several organizations including Iaspis, Franklin Furnace, The Pollock Krasner, Fountainhead Residency, The Watermill Center, MacDowell Fellowship, Abron's Art Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, Artis, RECESS, and Triangle. Ettun is currently working towards a solo show at the Upsala Museum of Art that will open in 2016.

In collaboration with Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
With support of Artis Grant program

Tamar Ettun is represented at Fridman Gallery, New York,


Thursday 12 May 

17.00–18.00 The Botanical Gardens
Tamar Ettun & The Moving Company with guests

A Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly. Part: Yellow. Medverkande: The Moving Company: Rebecca Pristop, Laura Bernstein. Swedish dancers: Maria Sermpou, Catarina Zarazua, Jessica Rosin, Anna Hjärpe, Emelie Englund, Danielle de Vries. Costume design: Ella Dagan

18.30–20.00 Opening Uppsala Art Museum


Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Curator, Uppsala Art Museum
Phone 018 727 24 84

Eva Björkman, Press and communications, Uppsala Art Museum,
Phone 018 727 24 80

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