IN CONVERSATION - MICHAEL BANK CHRISTOFFERSEN - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

To co-incide with the opening of BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1, the gallery’s artistic director Michael Bank Christofferson offered some reflections on his curatorial method, and on the function of the Brigade Gallery Archive:

"The archive is a way for Brigade to highlight works of art that are of interest and high quality, but not currently penned into our exhibition programme. The way our planning works doesn’t always allow us to utilise all the works we have access to or that have been produced through our residency in Havana; which is a primary reason for us to highlight these pieces through our Archives Exhibition instead. The programme at Brigade is eclectic, though with a focus on art which breaks new ground or stands apart. We are always on the look out for pieces that are explorative in an artist’s oeuvre or iconic/representative of the artists’ practise as a whole. For BRIGADE ARCHIVES #1 we have sought to highlight some of the new perspectives that have been developed during the quarantine, which has obviously given quite a few artists the time and space to revisit their practise and experiment. It has also given us the opportunity to highlight spheres of current interest, as seen in the post-Google art of Ry David Bradley and Petra Cortright, who are rightly gaining more prominence at present. After the dreariness of quarantine we have definitely sought to include works that can remedy the darkness of winter and lockdown. My impression is that everyone would like to counter recent events with a declaration of life and of enjoyment, without forgetting what has just passed.  I think this recent period of global closure has made it even more pressing to make sure that the individual art scenes aren’t limited to only local productions and artists. Art is about communication and about the exchange of ideas and sentiments. For these reasons it is pivotal that we offer up a node of exchange, not only through our exhibition programme, but in all of our endeavours. It would be a great sadness if the current situation gave rise to insular and closed off societies. "