New Flower – Letters From Ethiopia

Fri 31 Aug and Sat 1 Sept

Scene-based audial event/performance-lecture by Tone Avenstroup

Robert Lippok (music), Henrik Rafaelsen (reading), Tone Avenstroup (lecture/directing)

In New Flower (Ny Blomst), Avenstroup uses performance, music, installation art and a lecture to create an event based on her own family history. She draws a mental picture of Africa from three perspectives. First is the perspective of her great-great uncle William Avenstroup from Kristiansand, an adventurer in Ethiopia in the 1930s. Uncle Willy wrote less-than-politically correct travelogues and adventure stories for boys. The second perspective is drawn from optimistic letters the artist’s grandmother wrote from Addis Ababa in the 1960s. Lastly is a perspective the artist herself expresses in her travel journal from 2009 – a reflexive view of African culture and politics. In this way, attitudes from several periods come to expression, some of which are still commonly today.

The event is taking place in SKMU lecture hall friday 31st of August 7 pm and saturday 1st of September 3 pm.

Tone Avenstroup (b. 1963, Kristiansand) lives and works in Berlin.

The event has received support from Arts Council Norway (Norsk kulturråd) and the Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord).