AHG: You went out for fixed walks at night while your family slept. You had a family the entire time?
C: Yes. I had kids when I was at the academy. (Pause.) I got to see a lot of painful things in my job. And I couldn’t take that home with me. It felt like a kind of double life. I didn’t think we were living right in my family. Family life is constrained. You get caught up in details, about whether the kids go to bed at the right time or eat healthy food, or what we were going to do for our holidays. I couldn’t let those things become important. So then I thought that it might be better not being there. I moved out and lived away from home for several years. I was really down. I didn’t live with my kids. (Pause.) But all the while I kept on going out walking.
Ane Hjort Guttu (b. 1971) is an artist, writer and curator based in Oslo. During the last years she has been working with issues of power and freedom in the Scandinavian post-welfare state through video works, picture collections, sculpture and photography. Guttu also writes analytical as well as poetical texts, and several of her projects discusses art and architectural history. Latest projects and exhibitions include: Bergen Assembly, Bergen, 2013; “Society Without Qualities”, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm 2013; “Learning for Life”, Henie Onstad kunstsenter 2012-2013; “The Rich Should be Richer”, Kunsthall Oslo 2012; “West of the East”, Y Gallery, Minsk 2012. Forthcoming projects: Sydney Biennial, Australia, 2014, “In These Great Times”, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Les Ateliers de Rennes, France, 2014, Le Quartier, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Quimper, 2014 and a new short film for Tensta konsthall, Sweden, 2014.
Invited by Susanne M. Winterling.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
7pm, KhiO’s Main Auditorium
Fossveien 24, Grünerløkka, Oslo