Rob Hesp’s exhibition, which focuses on touch and contact between people, will open the new exhibition series The Institute of Coexistence at WAMx.

WAMx's exhibitions in 2022

  • Rob Hesp 17 December 2021–6 March 2022
  • Tiio Suorsa 18 March – 5 June 2022
  • Kim Laybourn 10 June – 28 August 2022
  • Georg Jagunov 9 September – 4 December 2022

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The contact catalogue consists of participatory performance work, exploring how we can rediscover the importance of touch and physical closeness as social animals. The contact catalogue is split between 3 channel film, audio headset installation and live performance encounter. The pieces examine softness, embodied feeling and interdependence as things of vital importance in contemporary society, both in the face of growing social division and unfolding environmental crises. 

Rob Hesp (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and dancer from Leeds, England. The artist’s practice is driven by questions of identity, social interconnection, and community, using their work to create space for provocation, nurture and empathy. They have presented work at venues including the V&A Museum, Southbank Centre and Roundhouse London as well as at high profile festivals and art plat-forms such as Latitude, Spill, Fringe! Queer film festival and Buzzcut.

Opening and performance program

  • Thursday, December 16 at 6pm: Opening. During the opening, Rob Hesp will present their participatory perfor-mance piece. Mikkel Elming and Gry Worre Hallberg, the curators of WAMx 2022 exhibition series, will also be present.
  • Saturday, December 18th at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm: Rob Hesp’s participatory performance – please register here
  • Sunday, December 19 th  at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm: Rob Hesp’s participatory performance  – please register here

WAMx 2022

Institute of Coexistence is created in response to the current ecological, social and biological crises. The aim is to reflect on and investigate alternative ways of coexistence that may create a better world. Danish artist Gry Worre Hallberg has created the physical and theoretical framework for the exhibition series. The four other artists included in the series take their turn in the space, resonating with the existing framework. The institute is divided into two rooms: in the first one the four artists unfold their perspectives on coexist-ence and interaction between humans and other species. In the second room they all leave behind a small presentation reflecting on the artistic research they have conducted while inhabiting the institute.

The four artists in the series have been chosen through an open call held in fall 2021. Exhibitions were chosen by curator Mikkel Elming and artist Gry Worre Hallberg in co-operation with WAM Turku City Art Museum. Elming is the director of the glass museum Glasmuseet Ebeltoft and is the founder of FSK – The Association for Contemporary Art. Hallberg is the artistic director and founding member of the Sisters Hope collective.

Image: Rob Hesp: The contact catalogue, 2021. Still image from the video, photo by P1nk Poodle.