Metropolis Presents

Heavy Kinship Vol. 9

by Nana-Francisca Schottländer

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Nana-Francisca’s research in Vermont is presented by Metropolis in partnership with In Situ. Metropolis, located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a meeting place for performance, art, city, and landscapes—an art-based laboratory for performative, site-specific, international art. In Situ is the European platform for creation of art in public space.

Nana-Francisca Schottländer is a Copenhagen-based cross disciplinary artist working in the intersection between dance, performance, installation, and conceptual art. Central to her work is the use of her own body as a living tool for research and creation. Her works are conceptualized site-specifically and employ strategies of immersion, co-creation, and long duration.

In the series Heavy Kinship, Nana-Francisca Schottländer explores the co-creative potentials of encounters between rocks and humans, between stony and fleshy bodies. What does it take to engage in respectful, reciprocal, and intimate exchanges with something existing on such radically different terms than ourselves? How do we step beyond the instrumentalization of other-than-human beings, matters, and resources to create genuinely respectful encounters between entities? Within the InSitu program of (Un)Common Spaces, Nana Francisca Schottländer has explored a series of European landscapes marked by human intervention, focusing on the mutually shaping dynamics between bodies of rock, of flesh, and of water, as they collide and move through time—ancient and recent—and space—local and global.

Exhibit Opening: Wednesday, April 10

5 pm - Exhibit open to the public

6 pm - Artist Talk – Guests can hear from Nana Francisca about her past work and ask questions.

Exhibit Hours

April 13-June 22. Saturdays from 12–4 pm. Guests are welcome to visit the gallery for free on Saturdays. 

Nana-Francisca Schottländer is an associate artist of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project (UN)COMMON SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The associate artist programme is supported by Artopolis Association (HU), Atelier 231 (FR), Čtyři Dny / Four Days (CZ), FiraTàrrega (ES), Freedom Festival (UK), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (USA), La Strada (AT), Lieux publics (FR), Metropolis (DK), Norfolk & Norwich Festival (UK), Oerol Festival (NL), Østfold Internasjonale Teater (NO), Oda Teatri (XK), Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof (BE), Scène Nationale De L’Essonne Agora-Desnos (FR) and a consortium of 4 Italian partners: Zona K, Indisciplinarte, Pergine Festival, Teatro Stabile Di Sardegna.

. . . our bodies always extend and connect to other bodies, human and non-human, to practices, techniques, technologies, and objects which produce different kinds of bodies and different ways, arguably, of enacting what it means to be human.

Open to the public on saturdays

Heavy Kinship Vol. 9 runs April 13-June 22 in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn. The exhibition is free and open to the public on Saturdays 12-4 pm. 

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