Tonje Bøe Birkeland
Tonje Bøe Birkeland constructs characters through photography, text, and objects. Her female figures balance on the border between fiction and reality. The landscapes work as a stage and reflect on the making of photographs: character, creator, camera and their common act of travel. The photographs show gaps and parallels in the friction between past and present, one society and another, a human being and a character from the past.
Tonje Bøe Birkeland (born 1985 Bergen, Norway) received an MA in Fine Art from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2012. The same year, she was also awarded the Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship for the work Tuva Tengel (1901-1985) Letters from Mongolia exhibited as part of the exhibition New Nordic Photography at the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg. Birkeland has been a part of many group shows in Sweden. She was selected to exhibit her work Aline Victoria Birkeland – The Unknown Adventurer at the Bergen Museum, 2011. She has also participated in group shows at Horizonte, Zingst, Germany and Goldener Kentaur, Munich.
Residents from Norway
Maaike Schoorel’s work inhabits a position on the edge of legibility. Her figurative paintings appear faded or bleached with brush strokes that suggest outlines and restrained marks. These outlines imply areas of color or shadow that allow the viewer to participate in the paintings. The works demand one’s perception to be slowed down to allow the images to unravel slowly over time. Schoorel uses photographs of family, friends and herself as sources of reference and inspiration for her work. She also depicts other familiar scenes and still lifes that allude to the history of her chosen medium. The various painting genres that she employs help to structure her practice. After selecting and cropping her photographs, Schoorel renders the subject matter almost invisible. Through an unevenly applied process of subtle and minimally painted layers, she wears away the original image to reveal something new. This complex reworking or withholding of her source material intensifies the process of looking, and reminds us that seeing is as much about what cannot be seen as what can.
Maaike Schoorel graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art, London, 2001. She has worked and lived in both Amsterdam and London. Schoorel’s work is currently being shown as part of British Art Show 7 and Hayward Touring Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, Nottingham. Her work was also be included in Painting Between the Lines curated by Jens Hoffmann, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, which will tour to Williams College of Art, Williamstown, MA in 2013. She will have solo exhibitions in 2012 at The Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem and Maureen Paley, London. Her work will be included in the group exhibitions this year at: Invisible Ink, Mendes Wood, Sao Paolo, curated by Carolyn Drake; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; and the Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow. This year her work has been included in the publications: Vitamin P2, Phaidon; Sanctuary, Thames&Hudson; and Painting between the Lines, Art Pub Inc. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include: Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, 2011; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, 2011; Nudes and Garden, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, 2009; Nudes, Maureen Paley, London, 2008; and Album, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem, 2008.
Residents from The Netherlands
Ilaria Marotta’s curatorial practice is aimed primarily at publishing projects, which since 2009 include the issuing of a magazine and the publication of artist’s books. The magazine – intended as an area dedicated to criticism and curatorship, a tool for research, design and display – consists of a layered system, and is an investigation and experimentation space for artists and curators, who are invited to deal with the two-dimensional means. Her experience also includes projects developed in public and institutional contexts and a practice of cataloging and classification of images to be used to activate, through a substitutive display, a device of sense, in the absence of a work of art.
Ilaria Marotta is a curator, writer and publisher. Co-founder and co-director of CURA., a curatorial project which revolves around the production of a magazine, an exhibition space and a publishing company. She has a degree in Art History and a Master for Curators of Contemporary Art and Architecture from the University La Sapienza in Rome. She was part of the curatorial departement of Macro, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and consultant for contemporary art at Museum of Contemporary Art (Arcos) in Benevento. Head of the contemporary art section of Italian Encyclopedia Treccani from 2005 to 2007, she has published texts in catalogs of solo and group exhibitions, published by Electa, Charta, quodilibet and Volume! She has curated and co-curated several projects with international artists and she is currently curator of Commercial Road Project in London. She lives and works in Rome.