CHART 2020: De-centred Programme
76 artists presented by 28 galleries across five Nordic capitals. CHART launches its de-centred programme of exhibitions, talks, and events taking place in each participating gallery from 28-30 August, marking the eighth edition of the annual Nordic event for contemporary art.
Adapting to a changed reality in light of the global pandemic, CHART moves from its home venue of Charlottenborg in Copenhagen into 28 of the leading art galleries across the Nordic capitals; Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavík, and Stockholm. Each gallery presents CHART exhibitions and hosts talks and events in their own gallery spaces from August 28th to August 30th. 2020.
In a strong collective statement, all participating galleries are showing 100% women artists to highlight the structural challenge of gender imbalance in the art industry. With no significant change to this challenge over the past years, CHART dedicates this year’s edition to push for a better-balanced art market.
In CHART’s new de-centered format the participating galleries are teaming up and some are uniting their local exhibitions. In Reykjavík i8 Gallery, Hverfisgallerí and BERG Contemporary present a collective exhibition in the gallery space of BERG Contemporary. In Helsinki, a guided curator-led tour is organized between Galerie Anhava, Galerie Forsblom, Galleria Heino, and Helsinki Contemporary. In Copenhagen Berlin-based Persons Projects presents a pop-up exhibition at Fotografisk Center, and Vienna-based Croy Nielsen moves into a temporary space in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District joining forces with local galleries V1 Gallery, Gether Contemporary, and Galleri Bo Bjerggaard.
Throughout the CHART weekend, local audiences are encouraged to circulate between galleries and participate in events and talks, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines. To follow local capacity restrictions all events require sign-up. In the entire month of August CHART will be presenting a social media program with exclusive artist studio visits, Instagram takeovers, and live talks to get behind the scenes and explore the participating artists’ practices. During CHART audiences across distances can connect with the program through live-streamed performances. In Oslo, Apichaya Wanthiang (TH) and Anna Daniell (NO) will perform their first-ever piece together at Galleri Brandstrup.
In Stockholm, Anastasia Ax (SE) presents a brutal and destructive performance at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, and in Copenhagen, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK) performs her piece ‘Gynophobia’ at Andersen’s. A lasting testament to the artists In total 76 artists participate in this year’s CHART presenting a cross-section of the practices active on the Nordic art scene. Ranging from emerging profiles such as Mandy El-Sayegh (UK), Nanna Abell (DK), Sif Itona Westerberg (SE), and Urara Tsuchiya (JP), to the more established Ane Graff (NO), Frida Orupabo (NO), Clare Woods (UK) and Nina Beier (DK) and the internationally acclaimed Roni Horn (US), Mamma Andersson (SE) and Tacita Dean (UK).
“With our curatorial decision to present women artists we have undoubtedly pushed the limits of how an art fair can impact the art scene and market and we have carefully considered how to create lasting effect and value for the participating artists. Unable to unite the works in a collective presentation as we normally do, we’ve produced a book that gathers the participating artists in critical articles and essays by international writers, bringing new perspectives on the contemporary art scene in the Nordics and beyond”, says Nanna Hjortenberg, Director of CHART