AHC x Skitse: Filip Vest, Luka Holmegaard, Klara Lopez & Sigrid Stigsdatter
In collaboration with Skitse, AHC invited to an evening of performance, presentation, artist talk, and reading by artist Filip Vest, writer Luka Holmegaard, and performers Sigrid Stigsdatter and Klara Lopez.
In the spring of 2023, Filip Vest participated in the Art Hub Residency, and on September 6, he presented, in collaboration with AHC and SKITSE, a performative program that invited the audience to delve into his artistic thinking and work on themes such as identity, relationships, and transformation.
Under the title “Rehearing Identities,” he explored the different roles we play and cast each other in every day. How our gender, sexuality, work – and relationships or identities in general – are always dictated by specific normative scripts that we try to successfully perform or rebel against.
To begin the evening, Filip Vest presented his latest performance piece “Resort,” and for the first time, this piece was shown as a video work (read more about the piece below). Furthermore, Vest had invited other artists to present their works – all to examine the various performances we constantly enact for ourselves and each other while trying to make ourselves understandable to the outside world and negotiate our relationships.
Writer Luka Holmegaard read from various publications, including “Look” (2020) and poems from his newly published poetry collection “Havet i munden,” while Sigrid Stigsdatter and Klara Lopez performed their joint work “Maybe it’s too long,” which also revolves around transformation and self-image, especially focusing on the body’s movement between private and public spaces.
ABOUT FILIP VEST & RESORT
Filip Vest graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2021 and has previously presented his work at the National Museum of Art, Copenhagen Contemporary, Møstings, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Charlottenborg, Tallinn Art Hall, and at Manifesta 13. Using performance, installations, films, and texts, he explores queer love, loneliness, and desire in the 21st century. Applying techniques from the world of theater, he tests the relationship between script and body to negotiate the narratives we are part of; the stories we tell ourselves and others about who we are and how we love.
“Resort” is a performance about a fictional surreal holiday paradise where the climate crisis, human isolation, and escapism lurk just below the luxurious surface. The performance revolves around a couple who have gone on vacation to a resort to mend their relationship. They start role-playing, pretending to be two strangers meeting in a hotel bar, but as they try different scenarios, they slowly lose their self-awareness. At the fictional resort, everything appears porous; nature and culture, identities and relationships, and past, present, and future merge. Small and large movements influence each other: a crumbling relationship and the end of the world.
ABOUT LUKA HOLMEGAARD
Luka Holmegaard is a writer. He graduated from Forfatterskolen (The Writer’s School) in 2013 and has since published novels, essays, poems, and critiques. His latest book “Look” was well-received and has been translated into German. He received a two-year working grant from the VELUX Foundations, and his last two books were both nominated for Politiken’s Literature Prize.
ABOUT KLARA LOPEZ
Klara Lopez is a multidisciplinary visual artist. With a background in dance, she is currently a student at Billedkunstskolerne, The Royal Danish Art Academy. Through various mediums, her works explore intimacy, distance, desire, and revulsion.
ABOUT SIGRID STIGSDATTER
Sigrid Stigsdatter works with choreography, performance, singing, and writing. She completed her studies at SNDO (School for New Dance Development – Amsterdam) in 2017. In her works, she uses words and voice, dance and sound as powerful tools to address the female body on and off the stage, female eroticism, sensuality, and power dynamics.