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Gathering Seeds

04/05/2024, NOTES

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Løkkegravene (outside Odense, Funen) was the rural home and workspace of artist Annette Holdensen. Hosting Lands is collaborating with Holdesen’s granddaughter artist Sophia Luna Portra and her family about transforming Løkkegravene into a residency space that both gives honor to and engages with her lifelong work as an artist, (grand)mother and radical host. In the spirit of Annette, the residency plan is an act of maintaining and protecting the house, as well as keeping it alive as a communal artist space.

Gathering Notes

What a does an (internal) gathering at Løkkegravene look like? As Ida Bencke writes, “The past few weeks have opened questions of what I could look like to work with materials, energies and desires already at hand as a way to bolster community and foster trans-local alliance; what it could mean to mobilize around questions of redistributive justice and what it could mean to inhabit and carry ancestral heritage forth into the future within a distributed and decentral exhibition space. Mostly, these weeks have tought me about the need to identify real needs and shared urgencies as a way of staying connected within sometimes disparate communities as a curatorial practice.”

Between sharing seeds and sharing food, sharing practices of hospitality and resource redistribution, and ways of learning and knowing a space; the curators and collaborators at Hosting Lands were hosted by Sophia Luna Portra at Løkkegravene between April 30th to May 4th’ 24. What a joyous space of shared joy, critique, and hospitality.

In a rare, but spontaneous, moment of translocal exchange, Åsa Sonjasdotter gifted Hosting Lands a bag of wild kale seeds to be used in the project. Captured in the header image, and in the gallery below, the note on the envelope onto the right reads - “Wild Kale seeds. From Ven, picked along the coast during Winter 2024, on remaining dried flower stalks. The kale travels with the ocean streams, and can be found along the Altantic coast, and beyond. Love Åsa.” Onto the left of the image we see Annette Holdeson’s basket, mud painting by Harvest School participants depicting old mango trees in India, dried potato cuts and mango seeds from Dharmendra Prasad’s village, a woven bouquet of wheat cobs by Åsa Sonjasdotter. Åsa also taught us about the vary manied wild edible plants in the estate, including nettles, dandelions, cowslip, and cherry blossoms. Food is always a throughline at our gatherings at Løkkegravene. From our long meals and gatherings around the wooden tables, to collectively cooking and sharing food, to seed exchanges and nettle foraging, to even Dharmendra Prasad bringing over and cooking for us dried potato cuts from his village in Bihar, India. These dried potato cuts are the staple food of the peasant community in his village, stored, processed and cooked in the monsoons when no other staples are readily available.

Below are images from the gathering. The first two decks of images are shot on an analog camera that Thea Møller Jensen brought to the space. Her way of gathering notes at Løkkegravene.

The gathering has been made possible by Bikuben Vision Exhibition Award, Globus Call Nordisk Kulturfond.

Åsa Sonjasdotter resting in the woods close to Løkkegravene

Sophia Luna Portra chopping wood nearby

Dharmendra Prasad chopping wood nearby

Dea Antonsen and visitors from idoart.dk gathering hay

Dharmendra Prasad fixing the roof of the hut

Dharmendra Prasad nailing and fixing the roof of the hut

Dea Antonsen working at Løkkegravene

Sophia Luna Portra nettle foraging

Dharmendra Prasad enjoying with Ravna and Sonja

Lunch conversations with our artists and collaborators

Resource Redistribution Workshop (1)

Ida Bencke workshopping ideas with Maria Norhølm Ramouk and Karen Nielsen

Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen workshopping ideas with Åsa Sonjasdotter

Ida Bencke, Dea Antonsen workshopping ideas with Pujita Guha and Dharmendra Prasad

Asa Sonjasdotter, Dharmendra Prasad and Pujita Guha collectively working

Our dinner conversations.

And more images of gathering at the table.

Dried potato cuts from Dharmendra's village.

Dharmendra Prasad, Sophia Luna Portra, Ida Bencke repairing the roof of an old hut

Dharmendra Prasad, Dea Antonsen and Sophia Luna Portra repairing the roof of an old hut.

Thea Møller Jensen and Dharmendra Prasad learning and documenting a bog near the estate.

Dharmendra’s drawings and sketches of Løkkegravene

Nettle foraging in the estate.

Our long meal tables and conversations.

Our long meal tables and conversations.

Bidding goodbye to Dharmendra Prasad...

...and his wonderful three weeks of residency with us!