You’re Invited to a Panel Discussion with two Breakthrough Swedish Artists Anna U Davis and Carolina Falkholt

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You’re Invited to a Panel Discussion with two Breakthrough Swedish Artists Anna U Davis and Carolina Falkholt

December 5, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in House of Sweden. Doors open 6:30 pm. Event starts 7:00 pm.
The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

In collaboration with International Arts & Artists, the Embassy of Sweden proudly invites you to a panel discussion in honor of two of Sweden’s finest contemporary artists: Anna U Davis, whose exhibition “Witnesses” is on display in House of Sweden, and Carolina Falkholt, currently in residence in New York City. Davis and Falkholt join moderator Phil Hutinet in a discussion examining their work within the context of the contemporary art landscape in the United States and abroad.

Anna U. Davis is a mixed media artist. Davis will discuss her current exhibition, “Witnesses” which is an investigation of the struggles and challenges faced by women, as well as the qualities that make them equal and empowered.
 
Carolina Falkholt a.k.a. “Blue”, is a mural and graffiti artist whose practice combines painting, drawing, performance, text, music, and video. In her work, she challenges conventional notions of gender and the female form.

Hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and moderated by Phil Hutinet, founding publisher of East City Art.

Date: December 5
Time: Doors open 6:30, Panel Discussion stars 7:00 pm
Location: House of Sweden


Click here to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-swedish-contemporary-art-tickets-40159183198
 

Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007.
A photo ID and security check will be required for entrance.
Photo: Anna U Davis (top), Carolina Falkholt (bottom).

 

This Thursday, October 12, 6 PM!!!! Artist talk with slide projection @ the Embassy of Sweden

October is breast cancer awareness month and for me it is personal.

I hope you can join me for my artist talk about my next project "Road to Recovery," based on my own breast cancer journey.

I will tell my story and project the drawings I created during my diagnosis and following treatments.

Event: Thursday, October 12, between 6-8 pm (event starts at 6:30 pm) at

The Embassy of Sweden,  2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Please remember to register 

Click here to attend

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Witnesses by Anna U Davis at The Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC opening September 7, 2017

Exhibition Opening - Witnesses by Anna U Davis

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Welcome to the opening of our new exhibition "Witnesses" by Anna U Davis
Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 PM in House of Sweden
Doors open 6:30 PM. Event start 7:00 PM


Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful, graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender relations. She has been awarded multiple DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NY for her upcoming project "Road to Recovery". Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Davis currently resides and works in Washington, D.C. Join us in House of Sweden for the opening event, meet Anna and explore her work.

 

Anna U Davis About the Exhibition
Why are we Curious, Passionate, Suspicious, Jealous, Conscientious, Self-conscious, Unsure, Calm, Insecure, Balanced, Mature and Independent? We tend to think of personality traits as good or bad, but where does these features stem from? Can you narrow down a specific character's origin to one specific moment? Or is a personality conceived after a repeated pattern of experiences? Could I figure out specific events in my own life, that molded my continuous quest in exploring my role as a woman in this World? My craving to investigate not only the struggles and challenges we face as women, but the qualities that makes us equal and empowered. In preparation for this project, I decided to conduct an assessment test, which I handed out to family, and friends, in order to figure out my most prominent character traits. From the data collected and from a period of contemplation and discussion, I was able to conceive a series of black and white drawings based on experiences that seemed to have implemented these different personality traits. In the exhibit “Witnesses” I have transformed the black and white drawings into mixed media paintings and sculptures.

More about Anna U Davis and her work here

Singer-songwriter DeWilde will be performing during the event.
Listen to DeWilde's Music here or at  Spotify and iTunes under "DeWilde".
 

 

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Tiny tiny detail of new piece for my solo exhibit at Embassy of Sweden this fall. More info coming soon.

DC Citypaper's People Issue

Originally hailing from Sweden, Anna U Davis has spent most of her time as a working artist in D.C., exhibiting at multiple galleries and twice receiving a D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowship. She works with great precision, applying thousands upon thousands of tiny collage pieces to painted backgrounds and painstakingly outlining them in black. The resulting works depict female figures in sometimes surreal scenarios and confront issues of gender and race in surprising and bold ways.  —Stephanie Rudig

When did you start working with collage?

Somewhere after school. I went to UDC, and we had to take African-American art history. So in that class [the professor] had us do these collages, and I got very intrigued with what I could do with that. I left it at that. It wasn’t until after I graduated that all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh, I should really try to infuse the collage.’ The seed started there, and then just happened naturally after I finished school in 2002.

So you came to D.C. from Sweden, specifically for college?

No. My husband is half Swedish, half African American, and his dad lived here, and we wanted to do something different. So that’s how I started. I wasn’t thinking necessarily of going to art school. I was doing the art, but it was more based on, “OK, we’re going here.” 

So you have those family ties, and have stayed for that reason, but have you been inspired to stay here otherwise?

In the beginning, I didn’t feel like it’s this artsy town. It’s this town where you can do something, because the scene needs to be developed. You can actually do something cool here. You’re in the midst of all this politics, and everything happens here. When I first came, the art scene was in Dupont Circle. Another one was 14th street, in the same building there was a bunch of galleries. Now I think it’s only one left, the Hemphill. But they cannot stay. Which is a sad part of the city. You see that galleries can’t stay in the locations, it’s so expensive. 

Aside from the issues of having space to show and being able to afford the rent, what other challenges do you see D.C. artists facing right now?

I think that the city is becoming a cooler and cooler city, in general. It’s more hip, it’s more than politics. You wish that it can also bleed over into the artistic community. You know that the money is here to buy a lot of art, but a lot of the buyers will go to other places. I just got a new collector, which was really exciting because they told me they only collect D.C. local artists. I haven’t heard that before. 

Do you think that D.C. has influenced your work?

It must have, the whole city probably. My figures are based on the interracial relationship between my husband, who’s black, and I’m white, and then I went to a predominantly black school. Of course that influenced me, for just a brief second to be where you’re the minority, which, I would always be the majority in Sweden. And I’m continuing with also being here in D.C. with the politics, and being a woman. Because I feel coming from a Northern European country, where, we’re not equal, but Sweden is different. 

Much of your work is the female form. Is any of that a reaction to the different power structures you see? 

Probably yes, because it’s very male dominated. You see that here, of course, because it’s the politics. So many important decisions are made here every day. And now [post-election], I don’t even know. I mean it’s like, are we gonna go back to the kitchen? Back to ancient times? 

You just did a collaboration with Dacha Supper Club. How did that come about? 

Two owners are collectors of my work. They commissioned me to do a big piece, the Dacha Garden with all the people in it. I slightly altered the figures for that too, to capture some of these people they wanted in it. I usually don’t do commissions, but it was a very interesting, challenging thing to do. And the biggest piece I’ve ever done, on canvas. It’s seven by 10 foot. First we were going to have just an inauguration for the piece, but I’m really good friends with one of them, so we’re like, let’s do a whole event, instead of just that one piece. Some of it was my past, and several was what I’m doing right now.

Pollock-Krasner Grant for my project "Road to Recovery"

I am so honored and excited to announce that I have been awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in NYC, in support of the creation of "Road to Recovery" a project based on my own breast cancer journey.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, grants support to artists' personal and/or professional expenses for one year. Since it's inception in 1985, the Foundation has awarded over 61 million dollars to artist in 76 countries. www.pkf.org

- Anna