double solo mirror residency 2020

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the double solo mirror residency #2 Aitana Cordero (ESP/NL) Photo: Chaja Hertog

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the double solo mirror residency 

the double solo mirror residency has been developed following a desire to create spaces with structured support for open ended processes without conditioning the artistic outcome. It is a curatorial concept facilitating new formats for artistic exchange and reflection in relation to choreographic solo practices. The project takes place as a series of double residencies where one invited solo artist is asked to invite another solo artist to join the residency. 

The residency is centered around what ”Performative Feedback” could be, with the specific question ”How can two solo practices reflect each other through performance rather than talking, as a way to feedback?” The residency allows for an experimental atmosphere and process that brings value to the work of reflection itself, rather than the result. The period ends with a public sharing of the process with the two artists, followed by a discussion.

Chain invitations

The series, which takes place during a two year period (2019-2020), is structured through chain invitations, a way to broaden our network and to give the invited artists a possibility to meet other artists and practices they have been curious about and would like to get to know better.

In 2019 we invited three artists that in turn invited someone they wanted to meet in a residency. The artists participating in the 2019 series were Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro (GB), Rowdy Superstar (GB), Sonja Jokiniemi (FIN), Aitana Cordero (ESP/NL), Rani Nair (SWE) and Sonya Lindfors (FIN). The artists that were invited by a colleague were then asked to recommend an artist to invite for this year’s edition of the residency series. This chain of invitations has led up to this autumn’s double solo mirror residencies where Esete Sutinen (FI) meets Laura Eklund-Nhaga (FI) and Paz Rojo (ES) meets Norberto Llopis (ES) in November at Köttinspektionen.

As initiators of this project, Kajsa Wadhia and Tove Salmgren, have also taken part of the residency series together, as a way to gain a deeper artistic understanding of the curatorial format and its proposal of open ended reflection and exchange. Due to Covid-19, this artistic exchange took place digitally and from our homes in May 2020 (Kajsa in residency at Art Lab Gnesta). 

Autumn 2020

In November, the two residences will conclude with public presentations, opening the doors for an audience to meet the artists and their work. Information about these presentations will be published on the website in September/October. In case travel is restricted due to Covid-19, the invited artists will complete the residencies from their respective homes. Information will be updated here on the website closer to the public events.