Autumn 2018 Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni
Moor and Touch

30 October – 10 November

All days, 12–4.30pm
Wednesday, 31st of October, 12–7pm
Closed Thursday 8th of November
Aula Magna gallery, Frescativägen 6

All days, 4pm–10pm
Accelerator’s future entrance, Frescativägen 24–26

Curated by Therese Kellner and Richard Julin.

This autumn on Stockholm University’s campus, Accelerator displays two works large-scale installations by Janine Antoni: Moor (2001) and Touch (2002). This exhibition is made in close collaboration with Magasin III, who have lent these works from their collection. Moor (2001) and Touch (2002) present the results of two performative acts in which life situations and life stories are linked together.

Moor (2001) will be displayed in the Aula Magna gallery. Janine Antoni learned how to braid using traditional rope-making techniques. This piece is comprised of unusual and personal objects donated to the artist from multiple sources. The sculpture, which takes the form of a rope, contains everything from cat hair and dental floss to Christmas lights and plant samples. The work still continues to evolve today and is constantly being extended.

The video installation Touch (2002) is a progression from Moor and will be projected on Accelerator’s future entrance. In the video, Antoni is balancing on a line that runs parallel to the horizon in front of her childhood home in Grand Bahama Island. Antoni describes the training process as an exercise in feeling comfortable with being out of balance.

Accelerator’s research groups have participated in the process of developing Moor by donating objects of their own and stories related to their professional identities. The materials were sent to Antoni’s studio in New York to be joined together by the artist for a new segment of the sculpture. This addition joins Moor for the first time in November 2019.

Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas in 1964. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the Rhode Island School of Design. Antoni has exhibited at documenta 14 in Kassel, the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York, and the Reina Sofia in Madrid among others. Her work is represented at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and Magasin III in Stockholm.

Accelerator is a new meeting place for art, science and societal issues. The institution organises art exhibitions that are open to the general public with a special welcome to students, researchers and members of the faculty at Stockholm University. In the autumn of 2019, a major exhibition hall will open in the Manne Siegbahn Laboratory on the Frescati campus of SU. In anticipation of that opening, exhibitions will be held elsewhere at the university.

Credits Autumn 2018