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Ingela Ihrman’s performance “Oilbird with Nestling”, film screening & after work

En människa iklädd fågeldräkt håller sin fågelunge kärleksfullt i famnen.
Ingela Ihrman, “Oilbird with Nestling”. Still from film.

Ingela Ihrman’s performance “Oilbird with Nestling”, film screening & after work


Welcome to the exhibition’s final performance with Ingela Ihrman, in combination with this year’s first art after-work. Before Ihrman’s performance “Oilbird with Nestling” (at 18–18:15), we will screen the documentary “Birds in Eternal Darkness” (in Swedish) by nature filmmaker Jan Lindblad, providing context to Ihrman’s performance. Restaurant Smak’s bar will remain open throughout the evening

Ingela Ihrman’s performances are often enactments in a single act: the flower blooms, the fig splits, the otter gives birth. However, behind this simple occurrence, complex questions about belonging, identity, origin, and reproduction are concealed. In “Oilbird with Nestling”, a bird feeds its nestling with fruits, helps it to cough up peel and seeds and lulls it to sleep. The performance piece “Oilbird with Nestling” is presented with a bird costume created from reed plants. The bird appears to have an ambivalent relationship with light and electricity, as it sometimes gets caught up playing with the switch…

Before the performance, we will screen the film “Birds in Eternal Darkness” (1973, in Swedish) by the Swedish nature filmmaker Jan Lindblad, a significant source of inspiration for Ingela Ihrman. Jan Lindblad ventures deep into Trinidad’s caves to film the unique oilbird, which is nocturnal and lives its entire life in darkness. The chicks of the oilbird used to be euthanized, and their fat extracted for use as lamp oil. The documentary provides background to Ihrman’s performance.


17:00–18:00: Screening of the nature film “Birds in Eternal Darkness” (25 min.) by filmmaker Jan Lindblad in Room C (Note: In Swedish) Restaurant Smak sells drinks to take with you to the movie.

18:00–18:15: Performance “Oilbird with Nestling” in the exhibition hall.

18:15–21:00: Restaurant Smak’s bar is open for after work until 21.


What: Performance, film screening & after work
When: Friday 12.1 at 17–21 (performance 18:00–18:15)
Where: The exhibition space, Room C & restaurant Smak

Admission free