Aniara Omann is the recipient of the 2018 exchange with Triangle France. Shortlisted artists this year were Winnie Herbstein, Isabella Widger, Simon Buckley and Susannah Stark.
Aniara will travel to Marseille in September for a three month residency. During this time she will have access to a studio, shared accommodation in Marseille and be provided with a 1000 euros production grant, as well as have logistical support including production, research and curatorial assistance.
Working across sculpture, video, text and performance Aniara Omann often uses forms and materials found in manual special effects and prop productions to explore the boundaries and paradoxes between interconnectedness and individuality. She is particularly inspired by Science Fiction, and it’s ability to reflect present societal and psychological states of humanity, through imagined futures or alternative realities.
She often works with objects positioned somewhere between appropriation and creation, mirroring the current transition from postmodernist fragmentation and inability to ‘make’, to an ‘ism-free future, in which creativity has the ability to imagine and create new realities outside of cultural references. Her work often sits somewhere between pointing to the identity of individual objects, as created through their cultural and collective references, versus the attempt to create new objects, existing through their own integrity, materiality and presence.
Aniara Omann (b. 1987, Denmark) graduated from the MFA programme at the Glasgow School of Art in 2014 and works across sculpture, video, text and performance. Recent exhibitions include Cross-Feed with Gary Zhexi Zhang, Market Gallery, as part of Glasgow International’s supported programme, Glasgow (2018), Final Incarnation, VoidoidARCHIVE, Glasgow (2016), 3016, Project Room, Trongate, Glasgow (2016), Aniara Omann / Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Celine Gallery, Glasgow (2015). Selected group shows include iwillmedievalfutureyou6, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus (2018) GMO Scarecrow, Age of Aquarius, Copenhagen (2017), Transformationer, ULYS Art Centre, Odense (2017), í drögum, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland (2016), Yosemite, VoidoidARCHIVE, Glasgow (2015). She has been selected for 2017 Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield, UK.