Hanni Kamaly works with sculpture, film and performance. Through a research-based process, the artist has developed a practice in reading material culture in terms of racial and colonial history. By looking critically at the histories that objects fail to represent, Kamaly complicates questions of how – and crucially what – societies memorialize, depict and commemorate, the narratives constructed and evoked by material objects.
Threading the artist’s practice is an exploration of subject-object relations, anchored in an understanding of the human body as the site where subjectivity is produced. Abuse, control, life, bodies, flesh, brutality, politics, suffering but also poetic connections, criticality, and agency as a way to mark beyond linguistic control. Hanni Kamaly’s artistic production brings fragility to a critique of assumed structural power relations.
Through film and performance works, Kamaly draws attention to how narratives of oppression transfer into contemporary public space and everyday life. In an extension of the mind-mapping methodology in the research process, Kamaly reveals the referents that are enduringly present: in architecture, the politics of representation within art histories, in media and pop culture.
In parallel to the exhibition, Hanni Kamaly has developed Passages a series of performative guided walks through Stockholm, produced by Index in collaboration with Stockholms Kvinnohistoriska (Stockholm Museum of Women’s History) as part of the initiative Utom Husen. Read more about the project Utom Husen here. With this iteration of walks, structured around the specific sculptures, architecture, public space and histories manifested in Stockholm, the artist invites small groups to participate in demarcating what is visible but so often unseen in our common spaces.
Hanni Kamaly (b. 1988, Hamar, NO) is a visual artist based in Stockholm. Kamaly received an MFA from Malmö Academy of Art and has also studied at Bergen Academy of Arts and the International Art Academy of Palestine. Kamaly’s work has been exhibited at the following institutions and spaces: Moderna Museet Malmö (2020), Interkulturelt Museum, Oslo (2019/20), coyote, Stockholm (2020), Lunds Konsthall (2019), Ginerva Gambino, Cologne (2019), Tegel, Stockholm (2019), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2018/19), Luleå Biennial (2018/19), Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö (2018) Ahrenshoop Kunsthaus, Ahrenshoop (2018), Malmö Art Museum (2017/18), Skånes konstförening, Malmö (2017), Almanac, London (2017), Inter Arts Center, Malmö (2016) Rupert, Vilnius (2016).
Gallery name: Index gallery Stockholm
Address: Kungsbrostrand 19, Stockholm
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 12:00 - 18:00, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Open: 30.04.2021 - 20.06.2021