Fotogalleriet [format] starts the exhibition program of 2016 with a video exhibition by Norwegian artist Kaia Hugin. Her work Motholic Mobbles comprises nine separate parts that she has been working on since 2008. We are happy to present all of them together for the first time in Sweden.
In Hugin’s work you’ll find a strong connection to the horror genre and apocalyptic doomsday stories. A sense of discomfort and strange dreams/nightmares are always present in her artistry. In the video works Motholic Mobbles we encounter a female character, portrayed by the artist herself, who performs absurd and what appears to be irrational actions. We see her in a beautiful mountain landscape where she has dug a hole in the ground by lying in a foetal position and move around. In a freezing room she lies on her stomach, balancing on a stool, while making large swimming strokes. She sits by a desk when suddenly she falls of the chair and is slowly dragged across the floor, down a staircase. In forest she hugs a tree and successively scratches its body until is falls down.
The performance based films create an experience of an extraneous world, a universe where different rules and laws of gravity apply. In an attempt to grasp psychological and physical experiences, a surrealistic and dystopian, but also humorously dark tale about human fear, longing, and possibility of self-determination presents itself.
The title Motholic Mobbles is a term constructed by the artist herself. It is a linguistic construction that indicates something fragmentary and incontrollable. The word “motility” is usually used in medicine and refers to muscle spasms in the body not controlled by will. “Mobble” means chattering, a non-cohesive flow without finish.
Kaia Hugin (b. 1975) has studied at Kunsthøgskolen in Bergen and is currently residing in Kolbotn, Norway. She has had separate exhibitions at Vigeland Museum in Olso (2015), Skiens Kunstforening (2015), Olso Kunsforening (2013) and Muratcentoventidue Artecontemporane in Italy (2011), among others. Hugin has also participated in several collective exhibitions and film festivals around the world, including Stiftelsen 3,14 in Bergen (2015), Nordic Film Fest in Rome (2014), Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany (2014) and Whitechapel Gallery in London (2013).