Adelita Husni-Bey – Maktspill
31 January–22 March
Friday 31 January, 20:00, free entrance
Every Sunday 14:00
Every Sunday 13:00 – families
Thursday 30 January 18:00, members only
Free entrance to Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibitions with valid ticket to the festival
Sunday 8 March, 13.00, Bergen Kunsthall:
Conversation: Adelita Husni-Bey on Radical Education
At Bergen Kunsthall Adelita Husni-Bey presents an installation and workshop titled Maktspill. A film, Agency, in the centre of the installation chronicles a 3-day intensive role-play with students from Manara High School in Rome, produced in 2015, in which the students enact some of the assumed roles in a democracy: politicians, journalists, workers, activists and bankers. Through a set of rules, the participants play out and modify the power relationships between the groups, creating coalitions and negotiating their impact and dependencies through the game. Agency asks the crucial and ambivalent question: how is ‘agency’ – the ability to enact change in society – intertwined with power? During the exhibition period, the screening room will be used as a workspace and classroom for a new iteration of the role-play, involving groups of young people in Bergen. Photographic backdrops are used here both as a screen for the film and as elements against which the workshop takes place and leave its trace during the exhibition run.
The difference in context – Italy and Norway – and the time that passed since the first workshop play a significant role in the exhibition. In some ways the project in Rome predicted developments that are characteristic of contemporary neoliberalism. The participants in Agency anticipated the rise of populist movements and the effects of austerity measures in their reflections on how power is shared and taken, but more importantly: how it can be redistributed. The new iteration in Bergen will draw from its own specific context, through introductory sessions with local experts and the use of news headlines from Norwegian politics. How do these power dynamics play out differently in the context of a Nordic welfare state? What has changed in the past five years that have seen drastic developments in the use of media, also in politics? In the installation, visitors are invited to follow this process, and speculate on their own. What will shift in order to create new scenarios for coming generations? What is the result of the neoliberal restructuring of sociality?
Adelita Husni-Bey (b. 1985, Milan, Italy) works and lives in Italy and New York. She represent-ed Italy at the Venice Biennale (2017) with a video rooted in anti-extractivist struggles.
Presented in collaboration with Bergen Kunsthall.
Photo: AGENCY, 2014, stills from HD video, 27″.
Workshop framework and film editing: Adelita Husni Bey, with the participation of students from Manara Highschool, Rome.
Courtesy Galleria Leveronica.