Nina Wöhlk

Curators in residence
01.01.2018 - 31.01.2018

Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2012, Wöhlk has been engaging as an independent curator and a writer in discussions and knowledge production within an expanded field of contemporary art. Her main research interests lies in the inseparability of the art work and its context. At the moment, she is researching performative practices in contemporary art and its relation to emerging discursive thinking. Her connecting fields of awareness are the nordic indigenous cultures and trauma as past experience through re-doings (as opposed to re-enactments). In Rio she will familiarise herself with the performative practices of the Brazilian neo-concrete movement and its presence within the arts today.

As a curator of the art institution Læsø Kunsthals three year programme for 2016-2018, she is unfolding the profoundly inspiring and progressive work by Danish artists Per Kirkeby, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Asger Jorn through solo exhibitions, that are branching out into many different contexts and situations, making them relevant, present and engaging again. In 2018, she will curate an exhibition with Asger Jorn, founding member of the movements of Situationist Ideale, CoBRA, Bauhuas Imaginiste and non the least Scandinavian Institute for Comparative Vandalism in Europe, the latter being emphasised in the coming exhibition through contemporary artists engaging in dialogues with the legacy of Jorn’s artworks, theories and ideas.

In 2017, she curated the exhibition Khôra – Arcades – in the in-between spaces of landscapes at Læsø that unfolded five contemporary artists’ artistic research, which they had conducted through a year of field research with visits to the island, interviews, studio practice and collaborations. The individual artworks spanned from being live tableaux’s, an audio guide, installations to performance and sound art, and was to be found throughout the landscape on the island.

Also in 2017, she was assisting curator to Prof. Bruno Corà, Dir. Lars Kærulf Møller and Eli Benveniste on The Crowd / La Folla, a solo exhibition by Jørgen Haugen Sørensen at Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta, Italy.

Throughout the years of 2011-2014, Wöhlk co-curated the music and art festival Sejerø Festival, which transgressed the borders between the genres and fostered multiple collaborations and experimentations between the participating artists.

Apart from the mentioned exhibition projects she have been involved in the process of multiple public art commissions, arranged seminars and lecture performances nationally and internationally. She has worked as assisting curator at Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art and as research assistant for the artist group Superflex.

Nina Wöhlk’s residency at Despina is generously supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and Knud Højgaards Fund, Denmark.

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