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  • Knut Åsdam

    Bergen Kunsthall
    Rasmus Meyers allé 5
    May 27–August 22, 2010

    Curated by Solveig Øvstebø

    Since 2003, Knut Åsdam’s work has shifted from sculptural environments toward an engagement with cinema. Architecture, however, remains the central concern of his most recent films. Working repeatedly with a few incredibly talented actors such as Okwui Okpokwasili, the artist breaks down narrative structures, exploring the ways in which urban environments can provoke cinematic form: Characters erupting in violence without motive and actors endlessly wandering empty urban settings echo the social implications of specific sites. In his largest museum outing to date, Åsdam will exhibit three new films emerging from as many different locales—Tripoli, Lebanon; London; and Oslo—in what one expects will also be a kind of cinematic mapping of displacement and migration, the products of a latter-day Beckett in the space of diaspora. A catalogue with essays by Mieke Bal and Kaja Silverman, among others, will arrive in the fall.