Artist Screen Series presents a screening of ‘The Free Sea’ by Hanna Husberg and Laura McLean. Wednesday 26th August 2015 | 6pm. Free entry, all welcome.
As part of Artist Screen Series Finnish Artist and HIAP/TBG+S Residency recipient Hanna Husberg will present 'The Free Sea', a film by Hanna and Laura McLean. Hanna will also discuss her recent work and practice, followed by a short questions and answers session.
'The Free Sea' explores the Maldives as a state constituted and unbound by the cultural, political, economic, and material flows of late capitalism and anthropogenic climate change.
Considering the impacts of sea level rise on the low-lying island nation, the film reflects on these islands as geo-bodies of identity, sovereignty, and prosperity threatened by the breaching of coastal and climatic thresholds. The forecast dissolution of these islands represents an ontological loss of definition, and crisis of representation for objects and subjects, registering across local and global scales and systems of knowledge.
As plans are proposed for the future resettlement of a diaspora without homeland, 'The Free Sea' traces consequences of this crisis, considering potential positions for new human beings subject to a complex of technological and legal systems, but afforded rights by none.
The film emerges from the Contingent Movements Archive, a research project initiated for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and further developed for ‘Adapting in the Anthropocene’ at UNESCO, Paris.
About the artist
Hanna Husberg (b.1981, Finland) is a Stockholm-based artist. She graduated from ENSB-A, Paris in 2007, and is currently a Phd in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Through a practice of audio-visual and installation projects she investigates how we perceive, and relate to our environment in times of anthropogenic climate change. Together with Laura McLean she conceived the Contingent Movements Archive and Symposium (Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale / Adapting in the Anthropocene, UNESCO, Paris, 2013-14). Other recent projects include Human Meteorology (Galleri Mejan, Stockholm / Chateau de Chamarande, 2012) and Being with (CEEAC, Strasbourg, 2015). Hanna is also a participant of Frontiers in Retreat, a research platform in Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ecology in Contemporary Art coordinated by HIAP, Helsinki.