Five years ago the first large scale presentation of Sharon Lockhart artistic practises in Scandinavia was presented at Bonniers konsthall. Curated by Adam Budak, along with at that time Bonniers Konsthall’s Camilla Larsson. The exhibition and the catalogue titled Milena, Milena presented a long term artistic research run by Lockhart from 2009 in collaboration with residents of the Youth Center for Sociotherapy in Rudzienko, Poland. Three months ago the ongoing project was presented in Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius with an exhibition titled Rudzienko, curated by Inesa Brasiske and Justina Zubaite. A catalogue with newly comissioned texts of Inesa Brasiske, Suzanne Hudson, A.E. Benenson was published as a part of the Lockhart artistic research presentation in Vilnius by Vilnius Contemporary Art Center.
Inesa Brasiske and Camilla Larsson talk will trace a development of a multilayered artistic practice of Sharon Lockhart from Milena, Milena to Rudzienko.
3 pm Film screening Sharon Lockhart, Rudzienko, 2016 (53 minutes)
4 pm Conversation with Camilla Larsson and Inesa Brasiske
Sharon Lockhart. Rudzienko (2016, 53 min.)
Sharon Lockhart’s film Rudzienko was shot over two years in collaboration with the residents of the Youth Center for Sociotherapy in Rudzienko, Poland. Building on the relationship she established in 2009 with Milena, who later moved to the center, Lockhart conceived of a series of workshops to empower the young women. The group worked together to develop dialog and movements to be enacted on camera based on their collective activities. The resulting film features a range of conversations, from the philosophical to everyday teenage concerns, and depicts actions both theatrical and mundane that voice the girls’ rich humanity.
Sharon Lockhart is an American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 and her MFA from the Art Center College of Design in 1993 where she studied with Mike Kelley and Stephen Prina among others. Lockhart has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions throughout her career, including those at Findazione Fotografia, Modena, IT (2018); Museu Berardo, Lisbon, PT (2017); the Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, US (2016); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, CH (2015); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2014); CCA Warsaw – Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (2013); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US (2012); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, IL (2011); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US (2011); Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, DE (2008), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US (2006); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, US (2001). She has been included in the biennials of Liverpool, UK (2014), Shanghai, CN (2014), Sydney, AU (2006), and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US (2004, 2000, 1997) as well as the FRONT International Triennial, Cleveland, US (2018). She was selected to represent Poland at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Inesa Brasiske is an art historian, lecturer, and curator holding MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA) from Columbia University, New York. She has contributed to a number of publications on modern and contemporary art, and curated exhibitions and events, including a solo exhibition of Sharon Lockhart Rudzienko (2019), a film program of Babette Mangolte (2018), and a group show Grazed Images (2015), all at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius. Since 2013, Inesa has been organizing lecture series, dedicated to contemporary art and theory Thinking Contemporary Art. Inesa was a co-founder of the project space The Gardens (2012-2014) which held a curatorial residency at Art in General (New York) and was nominated for the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award in 2012.
Camilla Larsson is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer based in Stockholm. Between 2006-2015 she was working at Bonniers Konsthall where she co-curated an exhibition with Sharon Lockhart 2014 and co-edited the catalogue Milena, Milena. A work in progress. She is a doctoral student at the Department of Art History at Södertörn University. The writes about the Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990). The interest for Polish art and culture is something she shares with Sharon Lockhart.
Organiser: Lithuanian Cultural Attache to Sweden in collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall
Support: United States Embassy in Sweden, Lithuanian Culture Institute
Rudzienko (video still) 2016
two-channel HD video installation
channel 1: 40:10 min., continuous loop; channel 2, 2:19 min., continuous loop