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Whitney Independent Study Program

Abyss and Tripoli
by Knut Åsdam

Location: The Kitchen, 512 W 19th Street

The films of Knut Åsdam selected in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Independent Study Curatorial Program exhibition, Common Spaces, focus on contemporary society, investigating the psychology and practice of place through experimental forms of narrative. In Tripoli (2010), Åsdam considers the architectural remains of an international fairground and conference center that had been under construction in northern Lebanon but was abruptly halted when civil war erupted in 1975. This abandoned space reflects a unique political history documented and dramatized through Åsdam’s film. Abyss (2010) portrays the movement of people, as well as money and power, in public space, specifically East London. Abyss is presented in correlation with Åsdam’s installation, Untitled: Archive (migration) (2010–ongoing), on view in the exhibition at the Kitchen. 

June 14
1 pm and 3 pm

This event is organized in conjunction with Common Spaces on view at The Kitchen. Please note this event does not take place at the Museum. Please consult individual calendar listings for details.

Knut Åsdam, still from Abyss, 2010. Producer: Filmhuset (Oslo). Co-producers: City Projects (London) and Bergen Kunsthall. Supported by The Norwegian Film Fund, The Arts Council (London), The Norwegian Arts Council, Norske Billedkunstnere and Bergen Kunsthall. Courtesy the artist

Knut Åsdam, still from Abyss, 2010. Producer: Filmhuset (Oslo). Co-producers: City Projects (London) and Bergen Kunsthall. Supported by The Norwegian Film Fund, The Arts Council (London), The Norwegian Arts Council, Norske Billedkunstnere and Bergen Kunsthall. Courtesy the artist