On January 14 we celebrated the digital exhibition opening of Woven Network Nordics project!
Our four international artists [Brynhild Bye-Tiller (NO), Emma Hirsk (SE/IE), Dina Abu Hamdan (DK/JO) and Katarzyna Piórek (SE/PL)] presented their work which is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the role of women and women artists, using digital tools and socially engaged approaches.
Dina Abu Hamdan with her work “The hug” tried to investigate coming together and breaking this fear of being together in the public space. She captured those small moments of our lives during the pandemic where our everyday gestures were not natural and spontaneous anymore.
The choreography movement choir ‘HUG’, is based on the need to reconstruct and recreate our daily routines, our connections to each other and the spaces we live in. A large crowd of children, youth, municipality and local organizations’ employees come together in their own soundscape bubble, yet collectively feel each other’s movement in an open public space. Being split between the individual and the collective need, reflecting on the fear of a crowd in a pandemic and the need of the human collective encounter. The public is invited to experience the HUG silently or following the music, visually live or online. The project is produced by the municipality of Ringkøbing Skjern in West Jutland – Denmark with the support of the Danish Kunstfond as part of 100 days of culture and sport. The HUG is a touring project that aims to visit many cities and bring citizens together.
Dina Abu Hamdan is a theatre director and choreographer, with an international portfolio of both small and ensemble performances as well as large-scale outdoor spectacles and events. Dina is a multi-disciplinary artistic director, a cultural development consultant, producer and an expert in working with local communities along with professional artists on leading residencies as well as making network events and performances. She was the artistic director of “A Shared Moment “ the official closing ceremony of Aarhus 2017 European capital of culture in Denmark and “Sugar Town” performance marking the 40th anniversary of Carlow Arts Festival in Ireland.