I Want to Sing My Song.

Produced and curated by Nicolas W. Hughes as part of his curatorial residence at Gallery WendA, Halden (NO). Feb–Sept, 2015.

 

The exhibition I Want to Sing My Song is kindly supported by Nordic Culture Point Mobility Programme and Arts Council Norway.

Coming from a patriotic culture like Brazil – where one used to be brought up singing Brazil’s national anthem at school, or at home when watching Brazil’s national football team playing on the television – the artist is specially intrigued by what singing one’s national anthem or song, might constitute in the formation of one’s identity.

Following this idea – in one of the project’s initial moment, the artist was looking for people who had immigrated to Halden and would like to sing their national anthem or song during Norway’s national day while they have their portrait taken. Unfortunately this situation wasn’t fulfilled since there were no participants on Sunday 17 May. However, the project evolved into the single pieces shown in Gallery WendA.

 

 

Brasilianske Kjell søker deg, from I Want to Sign My Song. Found article from Halden Arbeiderblad. Laser print on 42 x 30 cm archival paper.

still from I Want to Sign My Song, documented situation on May 17, Norway. Video, 3:52 min.

still from I Want to Sign My Song, documented situation on May 17, Norway. Video, 3:52 min.

still from I Want to Sign My Song, documented situation on May 17, Norway. Video, 3:52 min.

Untitled (Wallpaper), from I Want to Sign My Song. Wallpaper composed by google-searched images found with the words 'chameleon', 'norske nationalsang', 'samefolkets sang' and 'cultural anthropophagy'. Variable size.