Kristin Hjellegjerde, London

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Ruprecht Von Kaufmann, Florine Demosthene, Athar, Chris Agnew, Dawit Abebe, Juliette Mahieux Bartoli, Martine Poppe, Soheila Sokhanvari, Ephrem Solomon, Mohamed Lekleti, Sverre Malling & Daniel Malva

With our group show “New Portraiture” for VOLTA13 we are inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s book “Sapiens”. The book charts humanity from our earliest times and origins to the present day in order to analyse our current time as well as the future. Harari explains that, while we started out as insignificant organisms and animals, fast forward millennia and we are now being transformed into masters of the universe, as well as the ultimate terror on the planet’s eco systems. The questions we are forced to ask ourselves include: what do we really want? Are we creating a future that gives immortality to only the few privileged and rich? What is ethical? We are surrounded by narcissistic self portraits, as if we were self-made Gods. Who are we, the book asks, to believe we are above nature? The artists presented here reflect these questions, as they create their own versions of Sapiens – humanity and identity are examined in a variety of new portraits, deconstructing and re-analyzing the essence of self – sometimes fractured, often obscured, but always peering under the skin to examine the core beneath.

Dawit Abebe, Mutual Identity 5, 2016, Mixed Media, 150 x 110 cm
Dawit Abebe, Mutual Identity 42016, Mixed media, 170 x 100 cm
Juliette Mahieux Bartoli, Orpheus Red, 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
Juliette Mahieux, Bartoli Orpheus Red, 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
Daniel Malva, from Spoiled Smile, 2014, Photography, 65 x 65 cm
Athar Jaber, Opus 5 nr.11, 2017, Carrara Marble (Statuario), 30 x 25 x 24 cm
Daniel Malva, Evigilatus sis, 2014, Black and white 6 x 7 medium-format film, Giclée on Hahnemühle photo rag, 72 x 55 cm
Chris Agnew, In the hot hot (Everybody knows), 2017, Icon panel etching with oil paint, 85 x 122 cm
Chris Agnew, In the hot hot (Everybody knows), 2017, Icon panel etching with oil paint, 85 x 122 cm
Ephrem Solomon, Untitled, 2015, Woodcut and mixed media, 80 x 80 cm
Ephrem Solomon, Birth and Death Series 7, 2017, Woodcut and mixed media, 60 x 60 cm
Ephrem Solomon, Birth and Death Series 13, 2017, Woodcut and mixed media, 74 x 74 cm
Florian Demosthene Knowing (from The Capture Series), 2015, Ink, charcoal, and oil stick on polypropylene, 42 x 30 in
Martine Poppe Bartender, Voter, Arcola (Mississippi, the day of the U.S. elections 2016), 2017, Oil on polyester, 160 x 120 cm
Martine Poppe Bartender, Mississippi (Natchez, Two days before the U.S. Elections 2016), 2017, Oil on polyester, 160 x 120 cm
Martine Poppe, Bartender, Mississippi (Natchez, Two days before the U.S. Elections 2016), 2017, Oil on polyester, 160 x 120 cm
Soheila Sokhanvari, Honky Tonk Woman, 2013, Iranian crude oil, malachite, 22-carat gold, glitter, egg tempera on calf vellum, 15 x 20.5 cm
Soheila Sokhanvari, Man 1955, 2013, Crude oil on paper, 21.5 x 29.5 cm
Soheila Sokhanvari, Women in the Mirror, 2017, Egg tempera on calf vellum, 14 x 19.5 cm
Soheila Sokhanvari, Honky Tonk Woman II (Pouri Banayi), 2015, Egg tempera on vellum, 30 x 40 cm framed