Participating in biennale Jeune Création Européenne (JCE) 2017-2019

I am happy to announce that I have been selected to participate in the JCE biennale for 2017-2019.  The JCE Biennale is above all a network linking different European cities concerned with promoting the work of their country’s young artists as well as allowing these artists’ cultural actions to be known beyond their borders. Each country is represented by a curator whose responsibility it is to select eight young artists who will participate in the JCE Biennale by presenting one of their artworks. Once the artworks of each country have been assembled, the JCE Biennale takes the shape of a large traveling collective exhibit which settles down in each of the partner cities over the course of two consecutive years.

The first exhibition and official opening of JCE will be at Le Beffroi  in Montrouge, France,  Wednesday Oct 11th From 18.00 to 23.00.

http://www.biennalejce.com/en/home/

 

 

 

 


 

     Upcoming solo-exhibition

 

OPEN: 15.09-05.10.2017

Opening friday 10th september 17:00-21:00

at:
C4 Projects
Dybbølsgade 60, 1721 København V
www.c4projects.dk

Everything is fluid and in an eternal process, everything changes over time, changing shape, mass and expression depending on the impact of the circumstances. It moves and transforms, sometimes into an entirely unrecognizable form. Most processes are completely out of our control; It may feel anxiety-provoking, but on the other hand; it can also be soothing to know that change is always possible, nothing is static and forever.

Metamorphis works with concepts such as change, transformation, fear and deliverance. The exhibition seizes the cyclical as the foundation and the desire for - or understanding of – that everything that seems paralyzed and static can change; that everything moves and transforms over time.

Exhibition event: 

“This too will pass”

Sound-performance with Jullie Hjetland and Mikael Tobias

Thursday 28th september at 19.00 

 

 


 

Upcoming exhibition:

[UDEN TITEL 17]
17th  june – 6th  august 2017

Anna Bak, Sidsel Carré, Signe Frederiksen, Christine Overvad Hansen, Absalon Kirkeby, Heine Thorhauge Mathiasen, Jens Settergren  og Emil Toldbod.

(ENG)

Kunsthal Nord website

[WITHOUT TITLE 17] is an ambitious exhibition with new produced works from eight younger talented Danish artists, who all is educated from recognized art academies. They are all carefully selected and invited to produce works that have either been created or incorporated into the special framework of Kunsthal NORD’s exhibition spaces.

The artists have gained recognition for their graduation pieces, and several of them have exhibited works at renowned museum and gallery exhibitions, as well as artist-oriented project rooms. Thus, they are already on their way to characterize the contemporary art scene in Denmark as well as abroad.

The aim of [WITHOUT TITLE 17] is to create courageous and evolving clashes between young visual artists from different academies and with different geographical backgrounds. At the same time, we would like to challenge the North Jutland audience with the new experimental art with its various art practices and expressions.


"Kunsthal NORD is the region's experimental platform for current contemporary art and our task is also to offer some of the country's more untested talents invaluable experience and a welcome boost," says Henrik Broch-Lips, head of Kunsthal NORD.

 

(DK)

[UDEN TITEL 17] er en ambitiøs udstilling med nye værker skabt af otte, yngre talentfulde billedkunstnere, der alle er uddannet fra et anerkendt kunstakademi. De er nøje udvalgt og inviteret til at producere værker, der enten er skabt til, eller tænkt ind i, Kunsthal NORDs særlige rammer.

Kunstnerne har høstet anerkendelse for deres afgangsværker, og flere af dem har fået vist værker på velrenommerede museums- og galleriudstillinger samt kunstnerstyrede projektrum. Dermed er de allerede stærkt på vej til at præge nutidskunsten herhjemme og i udlandet.

Målet med [UDEN TITEL 17] er at skabe modige og udviklende sammenstød mellem unge billedkunstnere fra forskellige akademier og med forskellig geografisk baggrund. Samtidig vil vi gerne udfordre det nordjyske publikum med den nye, eksperimenterende kunst med dens forskellige kunstpraksisser og –udtryk. 

“Kunsthal NORD er regionens eksperimenterende platform for den aktuelle nutidskunst og vores opgave er også at tilbyde en række af landets mere uprøvede talenter uvurderlig erfaring og et kærkomment løft”, siger Henrik Broch-Lips, leder af Kunsthal NORD.

 


 

Upcoming Show: Liquid Mountain

Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Holland

‘Out to sea’: a reality check
The travelling exhibition called ‘Out to Sea?’ was designed by the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich. It confronts us with the consequences of using plastics and shows us that we will need a great deal of creativity to tackle the problem.

‘Liquid mountain’: visions of the natural versus the artificial
The second part of ‘Dossier plastic’ is ‘Liquid mountain’. ‘Liquid mountain’ encourages us to look at the issue of plastic waste from a different and broader perspective based on contemporary art. Guest curators Heske ten Cate and Hanne Hagenaars chose the laboratory – the source of the material – as their point of departure. That is where plastics originated and it may also possibly be where creative solutions can be thought up. After all, the problems are caused not so much by the materials themselves as by the actions of humans.

The guest curators invited the artists Anna Bak, Paul Beumer, Karin van Dam and Müge Yilmaz to use their own visions of “the natural versus the artificial” to create a statement in laboratory format.

Simon Starling 'Autoxylopyrocycloboros'The exhibition starts with a visual metaphor. The series of slides entitled Autoxylopyrocycloboros (2006) shows us the artist himself sailing in a wooden steam boat on Loch Long in Scotland. The vessel’s engine is fuelled with wood that comes from the structure of the boat itself. It is therefore being consumed, little by little, in order to make forward progress. From the very beginning, the inevitable tragic end of the vessel and its crew is clear.

It is no coincidence that the artist chose Loch Long, the place where Great Britain houses the submarines that carry its nuclear warheads. The name Autoxylopyrocycloboros is a reference to Ouroboros, the mythological serpent eating its own tail.

Opening 9 December 2016

Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen

 

 


 

 

Upcoming show: I Went to the Woods -The artist as wanderer

Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Artists: Anna Bak, Brendan Earley, Fiona Kelly, Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen, Richard Long, Helen Mirra, Ria Pacquée, herman de vries, Walker & Walker.

curated by Chris Clarke and Pádraic E. Moore

23 July - 6 November 2016

I Went to the Woods looks at how artists have experienced and portrayed their surroundings in the course of walks, journeys and aimless wanderings. Featuring works by Irish and international artists, the exhibition explores the artist as a drifter, nomad, and traveller, who captures the external environment through the careful observation of their surroundings and the collection of materials, objects and images.

In this way, the artists in I Went to the Woods epitomise a sense of rugged individualism and romantic idealism, a worldview expressed in Henry David Thoreau's statement that gives its title to the exhibition: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

An extensive programme of curated events, performances, lectures, and educational activities takes place at the Glucksman during the exhibition run.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Danish Arts Foundation, Embassy of Denmark, Ireland, the Flemish Agency for Art and Heritage and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.


 

Residency in Rio De Janeiro

I am very pleased to have been choosen for the 6 month artist in residency program in Rio De janeiro, the program is supported by The Danish Art Council and the Brazilian art Institute Capacete. From March to September I will be travelling Brazil and participate in various events, workshop and lectures together with the other participants from the Capacete program. To follow more of my adventures please look up my blog: www.annabakart.blogspot.com

 


 

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method. (2016)

An exhibition of systems and errors by Anne Munnecke and Anna Bak at the House of Art and Design, Holstebro.

January 29th to February 28th 2016


Anne Munnecke; Western perception


Anna Bak and Anne Munnecke have a common interest in the fascination of systems, holy geometry and the human errors that occur in work production. System and failure are two sides of the same coin. If you first have claimed that there is a system, the possibility of faults also exists. The error in the system can be of great irritation, a harmful element that breaks with the order, but can for the same reason also be a great relief to the eye and give a notion that nothing is flawless.

In Arabic carpet making it is a tradition to weave a single mistake in the oriental rugs, because only Allah is perfect. And just as people, nature sometimes makes mistakes as well. In the biological world  failure is a a key element in evolutionary history. Evolution is driven by genetic mutations, some are good and improves our chances of survival, while others provide poorer survival conditions, and eventually disappear from our genes.

Systems can be guidelines, methods and dogmas to work from. They may be effective to use as a working tool. But most often interesting and pioneering things happen when exceptions occurs and unexpected results will show.

The exhibition's title is a quote taken from Moby Dick by Herman Melville and refers to whaling related philosophical considerations. Captain Ahab's hunt for the great white whale, is an image of man's desire and pursuit to full control. In Ahab's system, Moby Dick must be destroyed before there can be balance in his world again. The novel's form, professionals has described as a patchwork of different genres, images and styles that pop up in random order. Melville wanted it all, but never attended the whole or the form-rounded work. Something that is quite well in line with the theme and the works of this exhibition.


In this exhibition Bak and Munnecke has chosen to display a number of works which are all rooted in the interest of systems. And the love of the errors that occur in the workflow. The works are not made in collaboration and therefore gives a good impression of their individual practices. The diversity of the two artists approach to the subject creates a meditative space where the individual works all become part of a greater dialogue on systems and the appreciation of mistakes.

Huset for Kunst og Design website

Address:
Huset for Kunst og Design
Nørrebrogade 1
7500 Holstebro
Tlf. +45 97 42 18 24
Open:
Friday  12-16
Saturday and Sunday  11-17

 


 

Riddergade Residency

In november-december 2015 I will be at the Artist in residency program connected to Viborg Kunsthal. The residency is open for international artist and has a annual open call. See more HERE

 


 

Wilderness Survival

– A guide to the aesthetics of Survivalism

 

I am pleased to announce the release of my first book publication; “Wilderness Survival – A guide to the aesthetics of Survivalism” a conceptual art publication published through the Dutch publishing house and exhibition space Onomatopee, (www.onomatopee.net).

 

The book can be purchased through Onomatopee here: http://www.onomatopee.net

 

And in Copenhagen through:

-1 bookstore, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning

Motto, Charlottenborg

Gl. Strand bookstore


As well as Onomatopees distributors, see website

 

 

Editor: Anna Bak

 

Texts by:

Anna Bak

Niels Henriksen

Francois Dey

Joris Lindhout

Padraic E. Moore

 

Copy-editor: Şeyma Bayram

Images: Anna Bak and Marie Grønkær

Design: Marie Grønkær

Lithography and Printing: Art Libro / Drukkerij Roelofs BV

 


 

  

Eindhoven Book release, exhibition and performance

location:
Onomatopee project space and book shop
Willemstraat 27
5611 HB Eindhoven

an exhibition, book launch and new performance 

October 17 - November 15th 
Open Thursday to Sunday 12:00-17:00

SPECIAL OPENING NEW SPACE, MULTIPLE EXHIBITIONS:
Saturday october 24th, 16:00 

SPECIAL OPENING HOURS
Every day, 11:00 to 19:00, during Dutch Design Week (17-25 October) 

PERFORMANCE ANNA BAK
18 October at a special obscure location (meeting point at Onomatopee Willemstraat 17, bring your bikes for a short bike tour), time to be announced

 


 

Press release

Ghost dancers

 

Ghost Dancers

Solo exhibition by Anna Bak

Opening Friday, June 12th , 2015, 17-21

Opening hours: pm. 13-17
Tuesday - Sunday, closed Monday

Open by appointment call :  30282662
OK Corral, Carlsbergbyen, Malttorvet 2, 1799 Kbh V

Performance and concert by Lukkif aka. Jullie Hjetland at the opening on June 12th at 19.00

"Ghost Dance" was a spiritual dance ritual that originated in the late 1880s on American Indian reservations. The Indigenous people´s condition were difficult and their survival challenged. In a vision during a solar eclipse, the Paiute Indian Wovoka had seen all Indians lifted towards the skies while the earth opened up and swallowed all white men, after which the world would return to its natural order. By dancing continuously in a circular pattern, a state of religious ecstasy would be induced, and the dream would come true.

In 1924, during the British Mount Everest expedition, the two mountaineers Mallory and Irvine disappeared. Mallory's body was found in 1999 while Irvine's is yet to be located, and it is still not known whether the two reached their goal to become the first people on the summit. The 1920s was a time of polar expeditions and mountaineering, as nations were racing to set records in reaching unexplored areas and put themselves on the world map.

Based on these stories, the exhibition is framing a necessity for a modern ghost-dance dedicated to our time, with the hope of changing a situation to the better, and clinging to the hope of reaching ones goals. It is a nostalgia for the past, qualms about the present and hope for the future. The works in the exhibition refer to the impossibility of starting over and returning to a past state. Ghost Dancers thus becomes a critical commentary on contemporary living standards, shaped by a constant forward driven development, that seems to have created an irreversible situation. The exhibition is inspired by the Robert Smithson quote; "... I do not 'think things go in cycles. I think things just change from one situation two the next, there's really no return ".

The exhibition is based on the circular movement and spiral shape, symbolizing the development and transformation from one state to another. Through repetitions, ritual setups and spiritual actions the exhibition is exposing a desperate hope of changing a situation, which has moved out of its course.

Anna Bak (DK. 1985) Graduated from Funen Art Academy in 2012 and Montana State University, art-department 2010-2011. She works with a variety of media, primarily sculpture and installation. She is interested in stories based on conflicts between nature and culture in socio-cultural paradoxes. Anna Bak has recently returned to Denmark after a yearlong research program at the renowned post-academic institute Jan Van Eyck in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and the artist residency program in Istanbul supported by The Danish Arts Foundation's. In September, she is debuting as a writer with the release of her conceptual publication "Wilderness Survival". The exhibition is Anna Bak´s first Danish solo exhibition. For the production of her works for “Ghost Dancers” she has been a resident at the Danish Art Workshops.

OK Corral is an artist run project space and studio community, which is housed in the Red Warehouse, a former workshop building in Carlsberg City Copenhagen. OK Corrals interdisciplinary projects range from solo and group exhibitions with national and international artists, an open university to cooperation with other local and international artist-run spaces.

www.okcorral.dk

 


 

invitation 
OPEN STUDIOS
6 & 7 MARCH 2015

You are warmly invited to the Van Eyck Open Studios. Just like last year, we are keeping open house to show you with pride and enthusiasm what we have been doing. The participants are displaying their work in their studios, the projects of the Van Eyck Mirror and the Hubert Van Eyck Academie are showcased as well as the work of the poets and writers-in-residence and the Van Eyck Collection.
 
You’re welcome on Friday 6 March from 17:00 – 19:00 for the festive opening and on Saturday 7 March from 10:00 – 17:00.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you and presenting you a programme that is filled to the brim with presentations, talks and performances!

 Van EycK

Academieplein 1
6211 KM Maastricht

 


 

The Farm

The Farm is an InLab initiated at the Jan van Eyck Academie by Matylda Krzykowski, Anna Bak and Christophe Clarijs.


The Farm is an equal and temporary society that is focused on production. The Farm is devoted to the practice of making, discussing and organising art & design through experiment. The Farm can be a holding of any size, and take place at any location. The Farm can be operated by designers, artists, theorists or writers. In fact by anyone.

The first edition of The Farm will take place at Jan Van Eyck Academie in form of a 3-­day workshop (27th-30th october 2014) focussing on the toipic of FAILURE. This workshop is only open for Jan Van Eyck participants and special invited guests, but you are welcome to join us for the thursday presentation and the Open Farm, thursday the 30th october.

For more information, documentation of the projects and future The Farm projects see; http://jointhefarm.tumblr.com/

 


 

September 24th 2014

ZIMMER FREI, Koldinghus

Koldinghus is a Danish royal castle dated back to 13th century. Today the restored castle functions as a museum containing collections of furniture from the 16th century to present, Roman and Gothic church culture, older Danish paintings, crafts focused on ceramics and silver and shifting thematized exhibitions.

This autumn the museum has invited 17 young Danish artist to rediscover the castle, to present works inspired by the history, collection or architecture of the castle.

Artists exhibiting at Zimmer Frei:
Jacob Tækker, Anders Werdelin, Anna Bak, Mia Helmer, Michael Würtz Overbeck, Niels Pugholm, Timo Andersen, Ulla Bech-Bruun, Anders Scrmn Meisner, Dan Stockholm, Nana Bastrup og Matvey Slavin, Lotte Agger, Mie Lund, Eske Rex, Nanna Riis Andersen, Søren Behnke, Nina Saunder. 

The exhibition opens friday the 3rd October 2014, and will be open until 30th November 2014.



 

July 6th 2014

Summer at Sejerø

This summer i have been invited to participate in the danish festival "Sejerø Festival". The festival goes on for 4 days and is placed on a small island in the middle of Denmark and is a beautiful combination of art, music, architecture and nature. I am really looking forward to getting out to the island and start working on what hopefully becomes an interesting sound-installation.

"Unfortunately" the Festival is so popular that tickets are already sold out, but check out the website and maybe be ready for next year, pretty sure i will be back there too.

http://sejero-festival.dk/

On my way north to Denmark i will stop by Berlin to check out this years Berlin Biennial. For more details and pictures on this, keep an eye on the blog: http://annabakart.blogspot.dk/

 

 


 

20th April 2014

JAN VAN EYCK ACADEMIE -Multiform institute for fine art and design

I am happy to have been accepted at the recognized institute. For the next year I will be working in this place in Maastricht, Netherlands. I feel privileged and exited for this opportunity and looking forward to sharing with you what will come from this.

http://www.janvaneyck.nl/