Santiago Mostyn

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SANTIAGO MOSTYN [group-exhibition] at Wanås, May 5 – November 3, 2019

Not a Single Story II

Opening May 5, 2019. Inauguration 1 pm
Exhibition Period May 5–November 3, 2019
Participating Artists Latifa Echakhch, Lungiswa Gqunta, Lubaina Himid, Gunilla Klingberg & Peter Geschwind, Marcia Kure, Santiago Mostyn & Anike Joyce Sadiq.
Curators Elisabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givell

In this summer’s international group exhibition at Wanås Konst, artworks influenced by place, history, identity, combine the grandiose and mundane. The story as a concept as well as the participating artists’ practices and how they relate to the site comprise the central elements. The starting point, and inspiration for the title, comes from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s well-known Ted Talk that she begins, “I am a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call ‘the Danger of the Single Story’.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s well-known TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story is the starting point for the exhibition and the inspiration for the title, Not A Single Story. Adichie argues: “Stories matter. How they are told, who tells them, when they’re told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power.”

For many of the participating artists, history, identity and transformation form a recurring theme, and a political interest is inevitable. Confronting conflicts in everyday situations and interweaving them with poetic and emotional states are part of their artistic expression. Lubaina Himid, who received the prestigious Turner Prize in 2017, describes her work:

“I need to do it because there are stories that need to be told, there are stories that aren’t being told, there are gaps in history that are not being filled and there are gaps in education that aren’t being served by the system we live in…”

The works engage a wide variety of artistic practices—shadows and news footage become moving images, a drape of bottles and ropes of bed linens block our path, tarpaulin and fabric become soft sculptures. In a new work, Latifa Echakhch uses crushed bricks; the material shifts from being a building material to coloring the ground. Echakhch has commented on destruction in her works as representing opportunity: build up, rub out, begin again, leave and forget, leave and lift up, re-do—reflect. Like the other artists in Not A Single Story II, Echakhch complicates the narrative; they add invisible stories, take away and present choices before us.

Not A Single Story II is a further development of the large exhibition that Wanås Konst’s leadership duo co-curated at the Nirox Foundation sculpture park outside Johannesburg in 2018. With a concentrated selection of artists and some new names, the exhibition is transformed in a new place.

More information about the work (in Swedish)

Santiago Mostyn arbetar med rörlig bild. Hans bilder i videoverket SUEDI (Slow Wave Edit) knyts ihop med låten Suedi av rapparen Erik Lundin bearbetad av musiker- och konstnärsduon Susanna Jablonski + William Rickman. Medan Lundin rappar sin berättelse om kampen med sig själv, tillvaron och de andras blick, låter Mostyn oss i en version först komma fysiskt nära två brottare för att sedan i den andra versionen på långt avstånd återge migranters vandring till fots genom södra Europa och det svenska landskapet. Videoverket gjordes som en tolkning i utställningen Folkmusik 2.0 – svensk hip hop remixad på Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm. För utställningen på Wanås har Mostyn inkorporerat bilder från Wanås och det Skånska landskapet och låter händelserna komma nära.