Valand School of Fine Arts

Trust and the Unfolding Dialogue was an artistic research project funded by The Swedish Research Council together with and about the art of Esther Shalev-Gerz, January 2011-December 2013. The project de-constructed and examined the concepts dialogue and trust in relation to Shalev-Gerz art practice.


♦ Presentation of paper at the conference Subjectivity, Transgression, Agency: Enactment and First Person Narratives in Documentary Film and Media, Stockholm, September, 2012.


♦ Retrospective of the art of Esther Shalev-Gerz at Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts of Lausanne in Schweiz. The exhibition catalogue was published by JRP Ringier, Nicole Schwizer was its editor. Participants: Georges Didi-Huberman, Nora M Alter, Jacques Rancière, Rola Younes, James E Young. Contribution by Wik: ”In-between: The Cut” / "Entre-deux: Le montage", Esther Shalev-Gerz, editor Nicole Schweizer, Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2012


♦ The anthology Esther Shalev-Gerz. The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues summed up the project. Editor was Jason E. Bowman and the book was published by Art and Theory Publishing, 2013. Texts by Esther Shalev-Gerz, Jason E. Bowman, Jacques Rancière, Lisa Le Feuvre, James E. Young, Georges Didi-Huberman, Stefanie Baumann, Andrea Phillips, Annika Wik and a conversation between Jacqueline Rose and the artist as well as reproductions and views of 17 artworks by Shalev-Gerz.Read more


♦ Conference Esther Shalev-Gerz: Trust and Dialogue. A Symposium. In June 2015 Valand School of Fine Arts invited to a two-day conference as a reflection of the research project. Contributors at this conference were: Prof. Rosalyn Deutsche, Barnard College, Columbia University (US); Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, (UK); Livia Paldi, Director of BAC:Baltic Art Center, (Sweden); Esther Shalev-Gerz, artist and former Professor of Fine Art, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, (France); and Annika Wik (Independent Scholar).
Annika lecturing