Reconstruction of a Choreographic Script

Guston Sondin-Kung’s solo exhibition Reconstruction of a Choreographic Script examines the uncertain and fragmented space of the artist’s family history through the figure of his great aunt, Elfriede Mahler, an American dancer and choreographer.
Exhibition duration:
13-01-2017 - 26-02-2017
Medium:
Video, photo collage
Title:
Reconstruction of a Choreographic Script
Artist:
Guston Sondin-Kung
Guston Sondin-Kung’s solo exhibition Reconstruction of a Choreographic Script examines the uncertain and fragmented space of the artist’s family history through the figure of his great aunt, Elfriede Mahler, an American dancer and choreographer. Accused of being a communist during the McCarthy era in the United States, she fled and sought asylum in Cuba immediately following the revolution in 1959. In Cuba she became one of the founding members of the Modern Dance School in Havana. Subsequently she relocated to Guantánamo City and dedicated the rest of her life to founding and directing the dance company Danza Libre, which merges modern dance with Afro-Cuban dance traditions developed in the region.  

The exhibition comprises Reconstruction of a Choreographic Script, a series of paper cut out collages and a multi channel video as well as a 36min film Time Dead Time Alive. Taken together the works engage inherited multidirectional memory whose spectral potential manifests through dance and movement as embodied wisdom.   

In conjunction with the exhibition a publication titled Time Dead Time Alive will be published that brings together a collection of writings from the fields of Dance, Performance Theory, Film & Visual Studies and Art Theory to illuminate the life and work of Elfriede Mahler. In addition several historical writings, archival documents and photographs are presented alongside that give depth to the written contributions.   

Guston Sondin-Kung (b. 1982) is a visual artist born in the USA and currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a MFA from CCA Kitakyushu Research Program and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. His artworks can be seen as critically engaging notions of time and memory through the somatic. Informed by Marxist theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory and feminism he is invested in deconstructing the complex intersections of race, class, and gender from a transnational perspective in order to pose alternative narratives and forms of representation. In addition to art institutions, he regularly presents his artworks and artistic research in academic, activist, educational and film festival contexts.   

The exhibition opens Friday the 13th of January, 2017The exhibition will be opened by Art historian Johanne Løgstrup.
On Friday February 17th from 5-7 pm, Guston Sondin-Kung will give an artist talk followed by a book launch.   

Image: "Los Umbrales: Bullet - Legs together count two", 110cm x 110cm, collage by Guston Sondin-Kung

The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Film Institute.