Archive for November, 2016




New Work by Emer Ní Chíobháin

“If the human body is the locus of absolute dignity, and that dignity involves the preservation and protection of integrity, then that dignity is destroyed if any part of the body is assigned market value and rendered alienable”1

Emer Ní Chíobháin, born and raised in Ireland, is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing mainly in the fields of mixed media installation and lens based media. With a background in textiles, her work is predominantly sculpture based. In previous work, the artist has explored the tension between notions of the acceptable and the unacceptable. This exhibition, her debut in Stockholm, stems from that previous body of research by investigating the violence of everyday life and questioning the boundaries between desensitization and procedural activity.

This series of new works looks at the theory of body-as-property within the context of networked culture. Using methods of light-coding technology, mesh imagery, holographic projection and 3D photography the artist deconstructs notions of corporal identity physically and metaphorically. In her processes, Ní Chíobháin renders the physical into data and back to material again. Through the portrayal of fragmented bodies, the artist depersonalises, desubjectifies and thus dehumanises the body and its constituent parts. The body becomes abstract, unknown, impersonal, losing all semblance of the self. This exhibition, however, does not sympathise with the condition of this abstracted self, but rather accelerates the process and extends this abstraction.

Vernissage Friday 02 December at 18.00 at Detroit, Stockholm.

Open daily from 03 – 07 December


1: Gianna Bouchard , Skin Deep: Female Flesh in UK Live Art since 1999, Contemporary Theatre Review , Volume 22, 2012


Carrying the Songs


Carrying the Songs

En installation av ljud, film och bild av

Ewert Ekros och Alannah Robins

Detroit Gallery, Roslagsgatan 21, Stockholm

Vernissage: torsdag 17e november, kl 17:00

Öppettider: fredag 18e – söndag 20e november, kl11:00 – 18:00

Seminarium med Anna Laine, antropolog: lördag 19e november, kl14:00


Carrying the songs är ett projekt som har ett litet brukssamhälle i Dalarna, Norn, som utgångspunkt. Konstnärernas fokus ligger i den muntliga historieberättartraditionen runt Norn och dess koppling till naturen och omgivande landskapet. Historiernas förändring när de förflyttas ur sitt sammanhang är centrala.  Dom som berättar och återberättar gör detta ur helt egna erfarenhetssfärer och historierna byter också gradvis skepnad vart efter dess referenser gradvis upplöses.

Carrying the Songs kommer att återuppstå i en uppskalad tappning som en del av Galway-Europakulturhuvudstad 2020, där en teckning reser genom hela europa från Irlands västkust till Istanbul via Scandinavien.


An installation of sound and image by

Ewert Ekros and Alannah Robins

Detroit Gallery, Roslagsgatan 21, Stockholm

Vernissage: Thursday 17th November, 17:00

Opening hours: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November,11:00 – 18:00

Seminar with Anna Laine, anthropologist: Saturday 19th November, 14:00


Carrying the Songs is a project which has its genesis in Norn, a small, isolated community in Dalarna.

Ewert Ekros and Alannah Robins have gathered visual and audio material, focusing on stories which bear a strong link to the landscape in this area.

The artists are concerned with what happens to a story when it is removed from its place of origin, when those who tell and retell migrate, and all terms of reference and context are absent. As part of the working process, the stories have undergone a processing through the mouths and ears of people spread around Sweden in an extended game of Chinese whispers. The distortions which have taken place have been characterised by individuals’ own experiences and memories, and by translations.

At Detroit gallery, these stories resonate and overlap in a film and sound installation. Visual references take the form of film, shadow puppetry and drawing.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Moya Cannon’s poem of the same name.

This project will be scaled up for Galway European Cultural Capital 2020, when a story and a drawing will be taken in a giant game of Chinese whispers from Ireland’s west coast to Istanbul, via Scandinavia…exciting times!

Thanks to Culture Ireland for their support this time.