The Negotiation

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The Negotiation
The Negotiation

800 Chestnut St.
(between Jones and Leavenworth)
94133 San Francisco

March 19th, 2012 - March 23rd, 2012
Opening: March 20th, 2012 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
415.771.7020 ext. 4410
Sun-Sat 9am- 5pm
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
mixed-media, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, landscape, figurative, sculpture


Join us on Tuesday, March 20, for an artist talk at 4:30 and a reception from 5:00–9:00 pm.

The Negotiation presents the work of artists Michal Wisniowski, Elin Bengtsson, Francesca Du Brock, and Pabi, as dialogues with the traumatic.

Trauma manifests itself in multiple realities, from the secret and personal, to the national or global. To exist is to be confronted with trauma, and we devise mechanisms and strategies for negotiating its presence. In The Negotiation, strategies for a dialogue with the traumatic are explored in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based media.

Participating artists:

Michal Wisniowski is a Polish born artist residing in the San Francisco bay area. His formative years were divided between then-communist Poland and living in a racially hostile Germany as a political refugee. Immigration to the United States in the nineties served as additional culture shock and continuation of a nomadic life-style that would bring him to live in Montana, then North Carolina, and finally California.

Elin Bengtsson spent her first 28 years in the forests of Sweden, which left her with a dark mind, good skin, and a BFA from Valand School of Fine Arts. For the last 2 years she has been adjusting to the Californian air, increasingly occupied with the idea of Gods wrath.

Francesca Du Brock was born and raised in Alaska and has lived throughout the United States and South America. She is interested in exploration, exile, displacement, shifting identity, and memory. 

Pabi is a Danish artist concerned with revealing formative memories and their manifestation through the body. Through his work, he expresses the enduring scars of body and soul that stay with us for life.