The Free Sea | Artist Screen Series: Hanna Husberg at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

temple-bar-galleryWednesday 26th August 2015 | 6pm
Studio 6 | Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
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As part of Artist Screen Series Finnish Artist and HIAP/TBG+S Residency recipient Hanna Husberg will present ‘The Free Sea’, a film by Hanna and Laura McLean. Hanna will also discuss her recent work and practice, followed by a short questions and answers session.

‘The Free Sea’ explores the Maldives as a state constituted and unbound by the cultural, political, economic, and material flows of late capitalism and anthropogenic climate change.

Considering the impacts of sea level rise on the low-lying island nation, the film reflects on these islands as geo-bodies of identity, sovereignty, and prosperity threatened by the breaching of coastal and climatic thresholds. The forecast dissolution of these islands represents an ontological loss of definition, and crisis of representation for objects and subjects, registering across local and global scales and systems of knowledge.

As plans are proposed for the future resettlement of a diaspora without homeland, ‘The Free Sea’ traces consequences of this crisis, considering potential positions for new human beings subject to a complex of technological and legal systems, but afforded rights by none.

The film emerges from the Contingent Movements Archive, a research project initiated for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and further developed for ‘Adapting in the Anthropocene’ at UNESCO, Paris.