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Exhibition: Bertha Bollette Boyd
1 September 2017 until 8 October 2017
Bertha Bollette Boyd: Among Mountains and Monasteries, is the first episode of Norwegian artist Tonje Bøe Birkeland’s series Character #V which brings to life the character of mountaineer and author Bertha and her journey through Bhutan.
Begun in 2008, Birkeland’s ongoing project The Characters positions women in remote landscapes, and in the history of exploration. Constructed through photography, writing, and objects, Birkeland’s female figures balance on the border between fiction and reality, drawing on the biographies of historical figures, and performed by the artist. In this episode, the landscapes of Bhutan form a stage-set for the performative act of making the images; character, creator and camera coming together to tell a story that merges past and present.
At Timespan, where the arts and heritage sit in close proximity, the exhibition offers a way to think through the complexities of authoring histories and biographies and the tension between fact and fiction that is always present within this process.