Artist & Curator Tour | brave and pathetic is better than drowning in shame
Josefin Arnell and Max Göran with Adomas Narkevičius
Saturday, 9th December, 3pm
Join artists Josefin Arnell and Max Göran, with the exhibition's curator Adomas Narkevičius for a tour of the exhibition brave and pathetic is better than drowning in shame. The artists and curator will reflect on the concerns and aesthetics connecting the artists' moving image practices, and a shared attitude encompassed by the exhibition's title – a working motto for the artists' collaborative endeavours as performance duo 'Hellfun'.
Arnell will discuss Beast and Feast (2023) as the latest manifestation of her interest in the politics and dynamics of horse girls and their 'frenemies', first explored in her film Wild Filly Story (2020). Göran will speak about new works commissioned for the exhibition, including Dieseline Dreams (2023), a trucker movie made alongside a Swedish truck driving community who Göran got to know whilst obtaining his own HGV license, and the artist's debut project working with 16mm film.
The tour will last 30-40 minutes, followed by an audience Q&A. For full details about access follow the link here. If you have any additional access needs or questions about the tour, please contact Jessie Krish; jessie [at] cellprojects.org.
Josefin Arnell (Ljusnedal, Sweden) lives and works in Amsterdam. In 2015 and 2016 she participated in the residency programme at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. In 2018 she won the Theodora Niemeijer Prijs for emerging female artists in the Netherlands. She is nominated for the 2023 edition of Prix de Rome Netherlands. In addition to her solo work, she is involved in multiple collaborations and together with Max Göran she forms the artist duo HellFun. Places where her work has been shown include: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; WIELS, Brussels; UKS, Oslo; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Athens Biennale; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; Auto Italia, London; Kunsthalle Münster, Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin and IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Max Göran is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works between Berlin and Sweden. He holds an MFA from Goldsmiths (2020-2022), and has studied with professor Josephine Pryde at the Berlin University of the Arts (2015-2019). His first solo exhibition was at Jenny’s Gallery in Los Angeles in 2019 and his work has also been shown at festivals and in group exhibitions at galleries and institutions such as Galerie Neu; CPH:DOX, Kasseler Dokfest; the 7th Edition of the Athens Biennale; New Contemporaries; Kunstverein München, European Media Art Festival. Together with artist Josefin Arnell he forms the duo HellFun.
Generously supported by the IFA, Mondriaan Fund, Goethe Institute London, Region Örebro Iän, Film I Västerbotten, Cockayne Foundation and the Netherlands Embassy in the United Kingdom.