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Katrine Skovsgaard

Katrine Skovsgaard, based and working in Copenhagen, DK and London, UK.

Graduated MFA, Fine Art, Funen Art Academy, 2016; recipient of the Sven Dalsgaard Honorary Award for young experimental artists and the 15th of June Foundations Honorary Award; PhD student at Royal College of Art commencing 2021.

Works exhibited at Brandts, c4 ProjectsCopenhagen Art Week, Kunsthal Aarhus, Middelfart Museum and The Psychiatry in Southern Denmark, Montez Press Radio, Sorø Art Museum,Vollsmose Culture House and elsewhere.

Curatorial work includes I SEE YOU ARE (NOT) THERE, exhibition and publication with c4 Projects and Gesture Press co-curated with Karin Hald, Rikke Ehlers and Stine Gro; SW11NDOWS, lockdown exhibition in Battersea, London co-curated with Louise Ørsted Jensen and Anita Agarwal.

See more at www.katrineskovsgaard.net

Hi, I'm Katrine!

 

Who are you?

 

I am an artist, co-creator, workshop facilitator and collaborator.

I'm interested in the spaces between us, how we share or, more often, do not. My art practice investigates ways to reveal subjective sensory experience, especially those personal experiences we do not talk about and those we do not notice. My research is located at the crossroads of shame, chronic pain, sharing and mutual radical care.

I often work with other people to find new languages for experiences that we find hard to share. In this piece of writing, I invite you to reflect on a few questions from my practice.

 

For years, I hesitated to share my story.

What do you share with others, and how?

What would you hesitate to share? 

 

The initial reluctance I felt about sharing, when faced head-on, became a catalyser for not only my own, but for many other people's sharing stories of vulnerability. This enquiry started with a willingness to ask questions I didn't know the answers to. The work instigated conversations I'd never had before. Through my art, I now intend to spark more of these conversations, intimate moments, sharing, and most importantly, the feeling of being safe to do so.

 

When and where do you feel safe?

What do you imagine the tactile surface of safety feels like in your hands?

Memory reveals what touch already knows.

 

I currently explore notions of intimacy through touch-based art and radical sharing narratives in text and sound. For example, in my piece, Touch, a tapestry installed as a semi-circle creates a room-within-a-room, a calm environment to listen to an audio component with a choir of stories sharing emotional or challenging experiences with hands. Maybe these stories bring up experiences of your own?

 

Would you share these stories with a stranger? Or a friend?

It can be hard to collectivise and confront the loneliness that some experiences give us.

How do you ask for help in your life? Who are your allies?

 

I examine how we can provide embodied safety for each other and how that might 'materialise', emotionally as well as physically. Dealing collectively with the challenging aspects of being human is an important and revolutionary practice that current, interpersonal and social systems and structures do not support. I want to bring about the world that emerges when we come together around the inherently tough and awkward experiences of being human.

 

How can WE start to think about doing this?

 

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I want to thank everyone who has provided invaluable help, and who I have worked and thought with on the projects displayed here, especially: Adri São Bento, Anita Agarwal, Bea Grant, Belinda Nors, Chloe Langlois, Effy Harle, The Hologram Community, Jens Ole Krarup Hansen, Justin Piccirilli, Kamilla Askholm Jørgensen, Louise Uth Pedersen, Louise Ørsted Jensen, Sean Clancy, Veronika Geiger and everyone in the Social Practice Group.

 

Touch, a soft, woollen tapestry collaged with large photographs of hands, installed as a semi-circle, creates a room-within-a-room, a calm environment to listen to an audio piece with a choir of stories sharing emotional or challenging experiences with hands.

Touch can be experienced at Cromwell Place, Kensington, London 21-25 July 2021.

Medium:

Carpet tapestry, sound, wool and photographic print on cotton

Size:

1.5 x 10 metres, 00:08:21

Getting to Know Your Hands: put on your headphones and listen to this sound piece where you get to know your hands. A voice will guide you. It is 12:46 minutes long.

Medium:

Sound

Size:

00:12:46

Soft translates touch-based art into a sensory screen experience, whilst a sound narrative reveals emotional or challenging experiences with hands.

Soft has been exhibited in different constellations as text, sound or moving image at the online exhibitions Everything Forever and The Feelies, at Montez Press Radio and in the publication Mercurial Mist.

Medium:

Moving image

Size:

00:07:47

Thank you

I am grateful for the support I have received from Augustinus Foundation, Beckett Foundation, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Foundation, The Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Foundation, Knud Højgaards Foundation, Lizzi and Mogens Staal Foundation and William Demant Foundation.