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En lys sommers usigelige smerte
Suppose a Room
Livre d'images sans images
Penelope sleeps
It could be that the saddest thing
     is not knowing that one is sad
Music For Lectures/ Every word
     was once an animal
oslo
I can’t quite place it
We to be
No Title
Black
Time has fallen asleep in
     the afternoon sunshine
every now and then
or else nobody will know
Opening
Time will show (detail)
Private collection
 
OTHER MEDIA
Titled
Faits divers
coffee & cigarette
Sketches
Artist in Residence
The way/ you move
Light Shade Shade
Stills
 
ARTIST'S BOOKS
one continuous line or a thought
     that dissolves into the distance
Not Not Nothing
Time has fallen asleep in
     the afternoon sunshine
Afternoon Editions
Objects 2002 - 2015
We to be
Black
every now and then
Opening
Time will show (detail)
 
PUBLISHING HOUSE
Varamo Press
 


En lys sommers usigelige smerte (A bright summer's unspeakable pain)

picture
photo by Jannik Abel

– a project based on Ruth Maier’s collection of poems with the same title.

A group of performers have selected and memorized poems from Ruth Maier’s collection of poems, En lys sommers usigelige smerte (A bright summer's unspeakable pain). When meeting the audience, the performers recite the poems they have memorized, and then pass them on by oral transmission. The audience can both read (listen to) the poems, and bring them with them in their in memory (by heart) when they leave.

The project takes place by the sculpture "Overrasket" (Surprised) in Vigelandsparken in Oslo, which Ruth Maier was modelling for.


Background:
Ruth Maier (1920-1942) was an Austrian Jewish refugee who came from Vienna to Norway during WWII. She lived in Norway for almost four years, before she was deported during the great mass arrest on November 26, 1942, when Jews were deported from the port of Oslo. She was killed in Auschwitz only a few days later. Her diaries and poems were preserved by author and poet Gunvor Hofmo, with whom she had a close friendship and love affair. The collection of poems and prose sketches A bright summer's unspeakable pain collects Ruth Maier's poems from diaries and other manuscripts, and was published after editing by author and poet Jan Erik Vold in 2012.
Ruth Maier was an art student and was the nude model for Gustav Vigeland's sculpture 'Surprised' which stands in Vigelandsparken. The sculpture was cast in bronze and was first unveiled in 2002.


The project is developed by artist Mette Edvardsen on an invitation by curators Håkon Lillegraven and Bjørn Hatterud for their exhibition PARADE at the Vigeland museum.
With Ann-Christin Kongsness, Marte Reithaug Sterud, Martin Lervik, Marit Ødegaard, Martin Slaatto, Andrea Skotland and Mette Edvardsen. Supported by Norsk Kulturråd


PERFORMANCES:
PARADE, Vigelandsmuseet (Oslo) 18 June, 20 August, 27 August, 3 September, 10 September, 17 September 2022