Åsa Elzén


September 11, 2014

6-8 pm

Opening: A Gift to Birobidzhan, a project by Yevgeniy Fiks, 21ST. PROJECTS New York 11/9 – 19/10 2014

In 1936, two hundred works of art was collected in the United States by activists as the foundation for the Birobidzhan Art Museum. The collection was first exhibited in New York and Boston, and in late 1936, it was shipped to the Soviet Union. The collection never reached its final destination in Birobidzhan. By late 1937, Stalin had purged the leadership from Birobidzhan at which time the collection vanished into government or private hands.

Taking this microhistorical narrative as his starting point, Fiks invited 25 contemporary international artists to donate works of their choosing to the existing museum of Birobidzhan. After initially agreeing to exhibit and accept the works into its collection, the museum in Birobidzhan conditionally retracted the offer, in part to avoid confrontation with a conflicted past and the fact that Birobidzhan now consist of a small Jewish population.

A Gift to Birobidzhan of 2009 was an attempt to repeat and complete — seventy years later — the gesture of “a gift to Birobidzhan” in 1936. As of 2014, it remains still a rejected gift and a “state-less collection,”packed in boxes in Fiks’ apartment in the Lower East Side. A Gift to Birobidzhan evokes the utopian promise of Birobidzhan — a Socialist alternative to a Jewish state — as a point of departure for discussions on broad 20th century’s impossible territorial politics, identity, national self-determination, and a common “seeking of happiness.” At present, we find that many of the same questions from the early 20th century have resurfaced again.

I am participating in this collection with The guide and the seeing man

December 4, 2014

5 pm

Opening: History History FAA Project Room, Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark 4/12 – 7/12 2014

A project in collaboration with art historian Karen Mette Fog Pedersen and students Jona Borrut, Katharina Fulgsang, Bertil Osorio and Oscar Erik Yran at the Funen Art Academy, developed within the workshop Our collective memory   right here, right now, that I organized during the fall 2014 in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the academy.

June 19, 2015

8 –11 pm

Opening: (art)work(sport)work(sex)work, YES! Association/Föreningen JA! in dialogue with Emy Fem, curated by Julia Paoli, The Power Plant, Toronto 20/6 – 7/9 2015

(art)work(sport)work(sex)work aims to map how ideologies, socially accepted norms and legislations govern the conditions of work and participation within the fields of contemporary art, multi-sports events and sex trade. In an effort to triangulate these fields and situate them within the urban space of Toronto, a series of bus rides will take place each Saturday throughout the duration of the exhibition.

May 28, 2016

11 am –1 pm

NYPÅSTIGNA / NEW PASSENGERS with YES! Association / Föreningen JA!

Meeting place: “Ringen” (“The Ring”), Stockholm Central Station central hall.

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! hereby invites you to join us on a rhombic trip with Stockholm Public Transport. We will travel collectively and engage in looking, moving, reading aloud, and conversing.

Part of Malin Arnell’s Avhandling / Av_handling (Dissertation / Through_action)

July 30, 2016

1 pm –6 pm

Opening: Bie biennal curated by Lars Hermansson and Marie Norin, Bie, Sweden 30/7 – 11/9 2016

For Bie biennal 2016 Åsa Elzén presents Memory of an Event (Minnet av en händelse), a site specific work that creates a link between The Women Citizen’s School at Fogelstad (Kvinnliga Medborgarskolan vid Fogelstad) (1925–1954) and Bie Bath (Augustenbad/Bie Badanstalt) (1843–1940). The project consists of two parts situated at three different places; an intervention on the remains of the foundation of the so called Water Factory (Vattenfabriken) in the Bie Bath park, and an audio installation in two parts, presented in the barn in Bie (the main exhibition space of the biennal) and at Fogelstad Estate (where the Women Citizen’s School was located earlier) approx 10 km north of Bie.

Participating artists: Dave Allen, Åsa Elzén, Maria Hallberg, Mårten Medbo, Hanna Stahle, Markus Wetzel

The exhibition about The Women Citizen’s School at Fogelstad (Kvinnliga Medborgarskolan vid Fogelstad) is run by  Kulturföreningen Fogelstad, opening hours Saturday – Sunday, 1–4 pm until 11/9

September 27, 2016

6 –8.30 pm

Opening: Feminism is Politics!, curated by Olga Kopenkina, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC 28/9 – 23/11 2016

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! in collaboration with Elizabeth Orr is showing the new work A space of Appearance

Participating artists: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz; Bureau of Melodramatic Research; Melanie Cervantes; Regina José Galindo; Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya); Victoria Lomasko; Liza Morozova; Mujeres Públicas; Tanja Ostojić; YES! Association / Föreningen JA!; Anna Zvyagintseva

September 19, 2016

4 pm

Inauguration: Hannah Arendt Memorial Smoking Porch, Hannah Arendt Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! continues the many-fold project SMOKING AREA by putting up a brass plaque on the porch of the Hannah Arendt Center building.

December 2, 2016

5 –8 pm

Opening: A new job to unwork at, curated by Andrew Kachel and Clara López Menéndez, Artspace, New Haven CT, 2/12 2016 – 4/3 2017

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! is contributing with our new durational participatory action All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you

Participating artists include: Kristine Anthis, Anna Betbeze, Jesse Darling, Joao Enxuto & Erica Love, Park McArthur, Mierle Laderman Ukeles,

YES! Association / Föreningen JA! and Constantina Zavitsanos. 

January 14–15, 3–8 pm + January 19–22, 3–6 pm, 2017

OPEN STUDIO: Åsa Elzén, Enikö Márton, Markus Wetzel and Upcycling / François Rossier

Zönotéka/Hobrechtstr 54, 12047 Berlin

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