Magdalena Mellin

WildBookMarket 2013

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WildBookMarket at Re: Rotterdam Art Fair 6-10

opening: 10 February 19.00 – 23.00h
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 February from 14.00 to 19.00.
location: Het Wilde Weten, Robert Fruinstraat 35, 3021 XB Rotterdam
free and open to the public

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DAI Publications at WILSON PROJECT SPACE in Sassari, Sardinia till 1st March

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DAI Publications at WILSON PROJECT SPACE in Sassari, Sardinia till 1st March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miss Read 2012

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Miss Read 2012

 MISS READ 2012

This year MISS READ is taking place in conjunction with abc art berlin contemporary during Berlin Art Week.
MISS READ will comprise a selection of about 80 international publishers and artists.
The festival will present artistic publishing and invited a selection of active contributors in this field to present their program to a wider public.

MISS READ
September 14th – 16th, 2012
Station Berlin, “Bananenhalle”
Luckenwalder Strasse 4-6
10963 Berlin

Opening hours:
Friday, September 14, 6 – 8 pm
Saturday, September 15, noon – 9 pm
Sunday, September 16, noon – 7 pm

For the titles of the books to be presented see: http://dutchartinstitute.eu/page/2816/publishing-class-edition-2012

More about the Publishing Class

Read more about the fair and the participating publishers at:

http://www.missread.net

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What happened Behind The Wall

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What happened Behind The Wall

PUBLISHING CLASS: edition 2012, 08.07.12, Arnhem

 

 

 

One day show “Group Installing”  conected with book launch was also a chance to get know what relly happened behind  the wall…

One the exhibition site there were two big-scale site-specific wall paintings which accompanied my publication “what happens behind the wall stays behind the wall”. They were prepared especially for few hours of that show and were over painted straight the next day when the show was over.It was important for me to stress that one is fulfilling the other, those site specific paintings with limited time duration contained information which were coded in the publication, and are necessary for wider understanding of the whole story. Essentially crucial element is the viewer who, by decoding the story with me, makes it alive again.

 

 

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Remembering

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One day trial of decoding memory of what has been lost as a part of an exhibition “group installing”, a show curated by Grant Watson and book launch “WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND THE WALL, STAYS BEHIND THE WALL“.

Arnhem: Saturday July 7, 2012

Location:

in & outside Showroom Arnhem

Kleine Oord 6

 

 

 

 

 

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Absence/Presence

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Already since some time I’m very interested in graffiti and street art scene, however not so much for the sake of their art production and artistic value but this what intrigue me the most is the approach towards public space. I wonder how is the image approaching space, and how people are approaching images in certain space and how are people approaching space with images. The meaning of an image constantly circulates in the inseparable triangle of human-body-image, changes and builds multilayers variation of itself in the eye of beholder.

As in Dakar every graffiti is deeply rooted in social-political content and comes out in and from special social needs, I was particular looking  for walls which was made during this election 2012. Mamadou said that we should go to see cemetery wall in Median, where some important graffiti was made in the time of demonstrations.

When we reached the cemetery I was really touched by the contrast between beautiful wide spread colorful graffiti made by the most important gaffers from Dakar and visiting artist from around the world, and small appealing images of prophets drawn with crayon or carved in the wall by passers-by. Just before I was meant to do the photo of the graffiti I came there for, the battery of my camera went off. So there is no image of this particular wall. I was very frustrated about it, because with such tight schedule I knew it will be really impossible to do a proper documentation of this wall some other time before our departure.

Later on however I thought it is not so important that I have this image. I already have it in my memory. Images are never what they claims to be. Important is the meaning and I’ve already known the meaning, and meaning it is not something which comes, we rather built it. Hence merely by looking we are activating meanings, what is the most crucial mechanism in the context of every image which appears in a public space.  Every image is just a trigger for your imagination, it is a platform where you project upon your individual set of personal meanings and associations. I try to describe the moment of flux between absence and presence of the ‘real’ image and how this ambiguity is represented. This can be realised as a double nature, at first originating with an absence, which from the beginning needs to be identified with some image, and which subsequently can then be called presence. Conversely it also starts with some surpassing presence, which  (with the help of some image) needs to be represented as absence, if any other images are meant to appear.

 

 

To replace this particular absence I ask people gathered in Raw Material Company on the 14th of May on “Work In Progress” presentation  to fill up with their images this ‘absence’ evoked by the lack of that certain photo. From their singular images made for me I wanted  to create a collective image of that particular moment we was then, which later on  I wanted to put again in the public space and let

it grow with its own meanings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day I went back to the wall of the Medina cemetery. I picked my own space and started to place in the images collected the day before. People passing by curious in what I was doing, stopped  and intrigued by the action wanted to join and draw their own images. There was not even a quarter when I was surrounded by a group of people. Language came out not to be so much problem, because in this moment we were communicating with drawings. The wall started to be a space for people to spontaneously expressed themselves and share with me, and the others, important for them memories.

So the next day I left, but on the wall of the Medina cemetery since then there is a new image. It remains in this public space as an image of collectively exchanged subjectivities. At this wall people decides to share with each others their set of personal meanings and associations. Since then, this wall will grow with its own meanings. However we can no longer say ‘…nothing happened behind this wall’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What did happen behind this wall?

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This ‘open call’ is a part of a bigger research project on plasticity of memory. Started for me in Beirut in 2011, up till now is realised in different modes: performances, workshops, exhibitions, publication. To follow up image collection and participate the project go here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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