Artist Talk: Ellie Ga+ Add to calendar
Tue, Apr 27 2021, 10:30AM - 11:30AM
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Join the CCA Graduate Fine Arts Program for a discussion with artist Ellie Ga.
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ELLIE GA is a New York-born, Stockholm-based, artist and writer whose immersive, wide ranging investigations include the submerged ruins of the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria (Square Octagon Circle 2012-2015) and the charting of the quotidian in the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean (The Fortunetellers 2007-2011). The use of messages in bottles, both as a tool for studying the oceans and a metaphor for exile, is the subject of the video installation Strophe, A Turning (2017). Her video installation Gyres 1-3 (2019) explores the form of a gyre: a spiraling current on the ocean’s surface that circulates debris and casts it ashore.
Throughout Ga’s video installations, performances and books, Ga’s intertwines extensive research with first-hand experiences. An important metaphor is the concept of drift and its manifestation across disciplines of thought and as well as ways of approaching narrative forms.
Ga is the author of Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press, New York) and Three Arctic Booklets (Ugly Duckling Presse). From 2014-2017 she received a Swedish Research Council artistic research grant. Gyres 1-3 was produced by the Whitney Museum of American Art for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. She is a co-founder of the publishing press Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn.
Photo 1: Ellie Ga in the studio, Stockholm 2020, photo Lisa Tan
Photo 2: Gyres 1-3, video still, 2019, courtesy Ellie Ga and Bureau, NY