Since 2018, She Will Artspace has existed in a partially closed petrol station in the centre of the suburban town Ski, just outside Oslo. The building is now to be demolished, and it is in this setting we are opening our last exhibition in these premises.
Petrol station as a gathering place and a neutral and anonymous meeting place for young people is a well-known phenomenon in the suburbs. They function as a place where you can meet without a fixed arrangement, especially in towns where little else happens. A meeting place to feel a sense of belonging, a place to chat and to exchange news and experiences. Our gallery has in many ways fulfilled many of these functions. Among hot dog menus, DeLux car washes and petrol pumps, the gallery has challenged current perceptions of what art, aesthetics and architectural function can be in the district.
This exhibition is a farewell party to the building, one last hang out at the petrolstation. But instead of people, the art is the participants. The last year has been characterised by minimal social contact, lack of meeting points and cancellations. To She Will’s last party, we have invited artists that can respond to the building or the theme, that we know or do not know; Just as planned and random as the party you drop by via an acquaintance. Due to the situation, current restrictions and rapid changes, it is the ART and not the artists who will be able to meet and connect.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council Norway