Martin Harkjerr Halse
In his exhibition entitled Kerkaporta, Martin Harkjerr Halse presents a network of references and reflections connected to language, process and time, taking form as a new work made especially for Archipelago.
Built from fragments coming from a number of different projects, Kerkaporta appears as a symbolic representation of an artistic process, making visible a practice characterised by an unsettled relationship between idea, process and product.
Kerkaporta was a small gateway through the defensive wall surrounding Constantinopel, which – according to the Byzantine historian Doukas – became crucial for the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire’s capital in 1453, when the city’s defensive forces forgot to secure this particular entrance. Approximately 50 Osmanian attackers entered through the Kerkaporta, raised their flag at the inner wall and opened fire at the Romans, which resulted in panic and most of the defense fleeing the site.
The story of Kerkaporta points towards the defenseless as a particular quality of art, and works as a metaphor for the artist’s own methodical approach to this project.
Martin Harkjerr Halse (1987) was born and raised in Trondheim, and is currently based in Bergen. He graduated from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design with a MFA in 2015.
Archipelago is a small, flexible platform for showing individual works and installations in a focused but open environment. Located on the ground floor of Hordaland kunstsenter, adjacent to a larger, more formal exhibition space, archipelago works with the constraint of limited physical space in order to explore the changing modalities of artworks in the age of virtual space. Archipelago is programmed with short lead times for each new project, with the intention of reinserting curatorial agility and real-time engagement into the institution. This initiative follows a different schedule to Hordaland kunstsenter’s main exhibition programme, and is conceived as a group of ‘thought islands’ appearing in time.
Hordaland Art Centre based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 Hordaland Art Centre has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.