A Feminist Reader was organised by the artists Selini Halvadaki and Annarosa Krøyer Holm in connection to the project A feminist Culture Reader.
The exhibition at the Danish National Art Library takes its point of departure in Peter Brandt’s personal collection on Hannah Wilke material. In a conversation, where questions are posed and answers given through Hannah Wilke, reflections on artistic working processes, role models and historic sources reveal Brandt’s close kinship with Wilke.
The exhibition point of departure came from a letter from Selini Halvadaki and Annarosa Krøyer Holm to Peter Brandt, which was also blown up as poster at the exhibition.
Like you, we have fallen in love with Hannah Wilke.
We have browsed through and read your collection of books and documents on Hannah Wilke and we have thought much about the fact that in addition to being a Hannah Wilke archive; it is also a very personal and dedicated archive. It is an important archive for you and your praxis due to the development of your very special relationship to Hannah Wilke.
There is something inspirational in the way in which Hannah Wilke is present in your praxis; your insistence on sparring with and engaging in a dialogue with an artist with whom you share interests. The archive encompasses an important action in the shape of a more continuous interest in accumulating knowledge on artists who have been important for one’s own work, after which you present their works as part of your own thinking. To us, it has also become an important way in that draws traces through both yours and Hannah Wilke’s praxis.
We would like to share the openness and generosity you have shown us in terms of lending us your private archive and sharing your knowledge. We would like to exhibit your archive in a showcase at the Danish National Art Library, unfolding both Hannah Wilke’s and your praxis.
Starting with your thoughts on an archive within the archive, we would like to exhibit your Hannah Wilke archive by way of a conversation between you and us. A conversation where questions are posed and answers given through Hannah Wilke, in the shape of quotes, texts, pictures, objects or personal notes and works, after which we will exhibit our conversation in a glass case in the library.
We look forward to your response.
Selini and Annarosa
A Feminist Reader, Hannah Wilke books, catalogues, flyers (part of it given to Peter Brandt by Joanna Frueh (US 1940 – 2020) in 2015 because “you are such a fan”), works by Hannah Wilke, works by Peter Brandt, an interview by Selini Halvadaki and Annarosa Krøyer Holm with Brandt. The Danish National Art Library, Copenhagen, 2015.