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Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson
Jorden vilar tungt under mig

19. October -  19. November 2017

SOFT Gallery welcomes you to the opening of an exhibition by the Swedish artist Annie Johansson. This is Johansson’s first solo exhibition in Norway, and it will be officially opened by the artist Kari Steihaug.

Several things exist in advance of thoughts and words: reformulation, the body, purely physical knowledge – distance, eternity, proximity, awe – in an interweaving of emotions and sensations. The body knows things the mouth cannot say; it perceives things the brain cannot fathom.

Annie Johansson wants her art to be physical, bodily. She uses textiles as means of expression precisely because they relate closely to the human body. It is thanks to this relation that a textile can conger memories, knowledge, emotions and identity. Such tactile memories that can be difficult to formulate in words, but we recognize as emotions, as bodily knowledge. This is the spawning ground for Annie Johansson’s art: a message embedded wordlessly in the body – a feeling.

At SOFT Gallery, Johansson exhibits works linked to her recent artist residency in Iceland and to summers spent at her childhood home in Värmland:

These places trigger thoughts and feelings in me, about inner and outer landscapes, intimacy, inheritance and belonging. Using textile material as my starting point, I hold a kind of conversation with the landscape and past generations. Common bodily experiences and physical memories are with me as I work; I think about people – those who have sat at looms, stooped over embroideries or felted material – as traces of touch in an activity that is about being present in time: stitch after stitch, weft pass after weft pass. At the same time, I think of how the landscape seems endless, how it is compressed and formed, like wool that, in theory, can be felted on and on to create an endlessly expanding textile. Then a feeling develops, of the landscape as endless.

Johansson’s artistic practice could be described as an attempt to combine textile traces from past generations with her bodily relation to a landscape, also as an attempt to convey how that relation feels in the body. It can be perceived as a search for belonging and as a means for gaining a greater realization of how we share the surrounding landscape with others both past and present.

Annie Johansson (b. 1986 in Värmland) lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2014 she completed a master’s degree in textile art at the Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg. Since graduation, she has held one solo exhibition in Sweden and participated in several group exhibitions in her home country as well as in Turkey, Iceland and Ukraine.


www.anniejohansson.com

19 October – 19 November 2017

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson:Stum blekrosa, 2016. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson: Att stå bredvid berg, 2017. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Installasjonsfoto. Annie Johansson: Jorden vilar tungt under mig, 2017. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson: I det mest ensamma, 2017. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson: Tunt mörker, 2016. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Jorden vilar tungt under mig

Annie Johansson: Jorden vilar tungt under mig, 2017. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen