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.