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  • Group of workshop participants during an icebreaker activity involving rubber bands
    Getting in a tangle of rubber bands during a re-creation of Lygia Clark’s piece Nostalgia do corpo coletivo (Nostalgia of the Collective Body) at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art workshop run by artist Albert Potrony in October 2015. Pic: © Ben Smith.
  • Workshop participants assembled in two lines as they develop new handshaking techniques
    Handshake ice breaker activity from December 2015 workshop run by Albert Potrony at Tate Modern. Pic: © Ben Smith.
  • Close-up on a tangle of rubbert bands with arms outstreteched
    Getting in a tangle of rubber bands during a re-creation of Lygia Clark’s piece Nostalgia do corpo coletivo (Nostalgia of the Collective Body) at Tate Modern during December 2015 workshop with artist Albery Potrony. Pic: © Ben Smith.
  • Close-up of participants choreographed footsteps during handshake ice breaker
    'Handshake' ice breaker activity during December 2015 workshop run by Albert Potrony. Pic: © Ben Smith.
  • Group of workshop participants during the assembly line as they construct their own culptures
    Assembly line of participants constructing sculptures during December 2015 workshop with artist Albert Potrony at Tate Modern. Pic: © Ben Smith.
  • Group of 11 students posing in the AFRICA exhibition at Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen
    Posing for a photograph in the Africa exhibition at Louisiana Museum, as part of the workshop on belonging & community. Pic: © Ben Smith
  • Two workshop participants constructing sculptures from found materials
    Workshop participants in India creating sculptures made from items found on the city streets to exchange with the public in November 2015. ©Tate

  • Assembly line of participants working on sculptures
    An assembly line of workshop participants creating sculptures made from items found on the city streets to exchange with the public. © Tate

Belonging // Coexistence // Community originally began as a response to the themes of architecture, culture and identity explored in the AFRICA (2015) exhibition held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. Students from the Red Cross School and local high schools in Copenhagen were invited to participate in a two-week project with artist Albert Potrony.  He asked them to reflect on notions of social space and then construct temporary structures based on these ideals. These were then used as part of a series of interventions and interactions with Louisiana’s visiting public.

 Since the project’s inception, Belonging // Coexistence // Community has travelled to India with students participating from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, as well as to the UK to students from the British Red Cross and Alton College. For these iterations the artist asked participants to respond to the Abraham Cruzvillegas Empty Lot commission at Tate Modern and to collect discarded material from around the gallery to create small sculptures.  These sculptures were then displayed on ‘stalls’ built in the same workshop. In the same vein as in Denmark, the structures acted as sites for communication and exchange. In India the students went on to develop their own projects which invited participation with the public and investigated their locality and its human history connecting with fishermen, tradesman, community members and families in Kochi, Kerala.

In the coming months we will continue to ask audiences key questions on belonging, identity, coexistence and community so do check back often. Until then, we ask you now: is it possible to open up social space through art? Contribute to the discussion or share artwork related to this theme by signing up to the BP Art Exchange and joining the group.