Ingri Haraldsen og Ingvild Langgård:
Årringer

22. February – 24. March 2024

  • Free entrance
  • Open from 12PM until 4PM
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With “Årringer” (Annual Growth Rings), artists Ingri Haraldsen and Ingvild Langgård collaborate for the first time as a duo. In this exhibition, the audience is invited to participate in a circling back in time – through archaeology, folk songs, Norse mythology, craftsmanship, X-rays, and sculptures.

Welcome to the Exhibition Opening February 22, at 18.00!

The exhibition project originates from the artists' interest in archaeology, mythology, and folk traditions, particularly those historically considered women's domains – such as folklore and magic related to weaving, spinning, braiding, women's hair, and singing.

Can one thread through the annual rings and dig backward in time?

A significant inspiration for "Årringer" is the research of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (1921 - 1994) – who reviewed older archaeological excavations and discovered that the role of women had been underestimated. The legacy of her research has opened the need for a new perspective on women's place in history; skeletons are brought to light again, and gender is changed – iconic warrior graves turn out to be magnificent female graves with skeletons of women in full armor.

Ingri Haraldsen and Ingvild Langgård build upon such archaeological findings and knowledge, imagining what the traces in the earth can tell us. Female figures with bear heads from the weavings in the Oseberg find, or spindle-like objects whose purpose is no longer known today. From many of these cultures, there is little textual material – all knowledge must be extracted from dead remains found in the earth. Teeth. Bones. Hair. Fragments from a fabric. Silent knowledge that may begin to hum when the ears learn to listen.

Ingvild Langgård works with sound and song, exploring how sound, especially singing, resonates and charges a situation, space, and listeners. Sound that colors the entire room and takes us back in time. Langgård is inspired by various folk singing traditions, and in "Årringer," she works with the voice in multiple layers, almost like a fabric.

Langgård also draws from text fragments that shed light on various mythical female figures in Norse religion. These verses are often challenging for us to understand today, as history has been presented through a specific lens, and sources are scarce. Some of these texts open up entirely different interpretive spaces and broaden perspectives. The sound will be accessible throughout the exhibition period, and a version of the work will be performed live on the opening night.

Ingri Haraldsen primarily works with drawing. In the exhibition, she will showcase hand-knotted carpets, etchings, embroideries, and sculptures alongside her pencil and charcoal drawings. Like in an archaeological excavation, the different fragments are connected – charcoal meets embroidery, wool meets ceramics, and etching meets birch. The hard meets the soft in the graves.

Textiles disappear, but they can leave imprints. Permafrost halted time, and the tattoos on the Altai princess can still be seen. Hatshepsut emerges through the sand where the ruins of the new temples stood. Worn away by time, the foundation comes to light. The face that was chiseled away and the sculptures that were shattered are now being pieced together. A different story is told than the one we have heard so far. She has always been there, like the grave in Birka; history books must be rewritten.

Who tells the story? Will the break in the foot where the metal is located reveal that it was a horseback rider who fell off? Was this a warrior? Do the lines in the pelvic bone indicate that the woman had given birth? All these and more fragments of stories are found in Haraldsen's works.

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Unike håndlagde T-skjorter i lin med håndbroderte figurer fra tekstilfunn i Oseberg-graven.

Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

INGVILD LANGGÅRD (born in 1978, Fredrikstad) is a composer, musician, and sound artist. She creates music for theater, ensemble, film, and various musical projects. She is educated at the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, and lives and works in Nesodden. She has released two albums under the name PHAEDRA on the Norwegian avant-garde label Rune Grammofon. Additionally, she collaborates with composer and producer Øyvind Røsrud in the duo RUNNERSHIGH, releasing their debut album Runnershigh in 2022. Langgård has also composed music for the feature film FULL DEKNING directed by Arild Andresen (Storm Films 2022).

In collaboration with scenographer Signe Becker, she has produced and composed two concert performances; NEW SKIN, premiered at Ultima Festival for Contemporary Music (2017), and SKELETON WOMAN, premiered at Oslo International Theater Festival at Black Box Teater (2020) and is currently on tour. SKELETON WOMAN was nominated for Heddaprisen 2022 in two categories: best sound design and best costumes.

Recent projects include composing music and performing live with the theater piece UTISETA directed by Lisa Lie at Det Norske Teatret (2022), live performances with SKELETON WOMAN at Bodø Biennale 2022, Koreda 2022, and Universitets Aula 2023, as well as composing music for the theater piece SVINGENDE SKYGGER at Trøndelag Teater (2023), among others. Upcoming projects in 2024 include music for the contemporary dance piece BANGER by Myhr/Langgård in collaboration with choreographer Magnus Myhr, premiering at Black Box Theater in January; the duo show ÅRRINGER with artist Ingri Haraldsen at Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst, opening in February, and composing music for the contemporary dance and vocal music piece ACOUSTIC ABJECT with choreographer Tormod Skar Midtboe, premiering at Ultimafestivalen in September 2024. Langgård has previously exhibited works at Astrup Fearnley Museum, Kunstnerforbundet, Lydgalleriet, ØYA Festival, Moldejazz, Oslo Jazzfestival, Munch Museum, and Henie Onstad Art Centre.

INGRI HARALDSEN (born in 1984, Alstahaug) resides and works in Trondheim, with her education from the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo, and the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. Haraldsen works with drawing on paper and other techniques such as textiles, video, and sculpture. Her drawings are often based on photographic material and executed in a way that allows them to appear realistic. The choice of motifs, however, makes it challenging to precisely define what one is looking at, even though certain parts can be recognized. Her works are presented in exhibitions where they are juxtaposed, creating a unity that is aesthetically and conceptually interesting.

Haraldsen has exhibited in various locations in Norway and participated in several group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has also carried out art decorations and is collected by entities such as the City of Oslo's art collection, Nordland County Council, and Statoil (Equinor). In 2024, Haraldsen is featured in the exhibition "Årringer" with Ingvild Langgård, the group exhibition "Still life #2" at QB Gallery, and a solo exhibition at KB Contemporary Oslo.

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Unike håndlagde T-skjorter i lin med håndbroderte figurer fra tekstilfunn i Oseberg-graven.

Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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Foto: Amalie Marie Selvik / Trøndelag senter for samtidskunst

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