Grant holder in Stockholm 1 February - 30 April 2017
Ellie Ga’s multi-media essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem. Her narratives are inspired by the indeterminacy of exploration and the human desire to contact and chart the unknown.
She is currently working on a history of messages in bottles: their use in oceanography, folklore and literature. Over the past year she has been using the message in a bottle as metaphorical line of thinking about the circumstances that contribute to an object drifting and how a person interprets what they find on the shoreline. Objects drift, and human stories drift. Ga explores how flotsam on the shore engages one’s own humanity and becomes a vehicle for action.
Ellie Ga’s projects often develop in collaboration with scientific and historical institutions such as the Explorers Club (New York), Tara Arctic Expeditions (France/Arctic Ocean) and the Center for Maritime Archeology, Alexandria (Egypt). Her recent solo exhibitions were presented at Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire (FR); M-Museum, Leuven (BE) and Bureau, New York (US). Ga’s performances have been showcased at the Guggenheim Museum; the Kitchen (New York) and the Cartier Foundation (Paris). She is a co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, New York.