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Summer Thoughts

Sven Augustijnen

installation, 2014

Starting from an invitation from A Prior magazine to react on dOCUMENTA 13 – a letter that Sven Augustijnen wrote to Marta Kuzma on the tapestries of Hannah Ryggen – Summer Thoughts draws further on a web of associations that connect historical and topographical coincidences from the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War up until today. Through a physical confrontation with three of Hannah Ryggen’s tapestries, the letters and a window displaying newspapers, photographs, and books try to question the present state of crisis in Europe as not merely an economic one, but as a moral and cultural one marked by the deficit of political democracy and the resurgence of far-right movements.

Summer Thoughts has been on display at the following locations:

BAK Utrecht, (NL) May 12–Jul 22 2018 Jan Mot Brussel, (BE) Feb 9–Mar 31 2018 Hollybush Gardens London, (GB) Jan 13–Feb 10 2018 Nest Den Haag, (NL) May 20–Jul 26 2017 Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, (DE) Feb 24–May 6 2017 Biennale Taipei, (TW) Sep 10 2016–Feb 5 2017 Kunsthall Trondheim, (NO) Mar 12–Apr 26 2015 National Gallery of Kosovo Pristina, (CS) Jul 9–Sep 3 2014