Sȯ-nə (Beth Kettel & Sean Millington)
Opening Friday 16/6 2017 15h00-20h00
Exhibition open 17/6 & 18/6 12h00-15h00
Sȯ-nə is a new collaborative project between UK based artists Beth Kettel and Sean Millington. The duo share a common interest in considering and incorporating all aspects of exhibition making as artwork through working across disciplines, and through collaboration. Kettel most recently completed a residency at Eastside Projects, Birmingham UK that culminated in a performative solo presentation that incorporated a collaboration with musicians Linda Kettel and Tom Rose. Millington has for the last five years worked as one part of the curatorial artistic duo Millington | Marriott, working with a variety of artists collaboratively to produce new work and curate exhibitions and projects. The two spent time together in Finland in 2016 forming the ideas of Sȯ-nə project.
Sȯ-nə is a project that develops new works and collaborations through our research into sauna and bathing cultures across the world. The project encompasses art, design and socio-political issues that are often overlooked in the current political rhetoric. Contrary to the contemporary spa – almost invariably a place of privilege and luxury – the sauna has more inclusive roots: a place for social, political, and cultural exchange. Sȯ-nə is in response to the changing social conditions and shifting boundaries between public and private life; between personal and communal space. The sauna offers a pause in the overwhelming pace of modern western society reconnecting body to mind and in turn, to community. We aim to develop a better understanding of the fundamental principles of sauna culture from around the world.
Through opening up our ideas and our research exploring different cultures, typologies and traditions of saunas, along with their social, political and cultural impact, we’re interested in finding out how this communal site operates in different cultures. And what bringing those different ideas together can offer: as a public facility, as a collaborative opportunity, as contemporary art and as a hybrid of these things.