Å lære seg sangene er Ablett sitt forsøk på å knytte kontakt med land som hun ikke har noen forbindelse til, men som andre koblet henne til, mens de også samtidig konfronterer en følelse av tilhørighet. I oppkjøringen til utstillingen var Ablett vertskap for to diskusjonsverksteder som åpnet opp samtaler rundt hvordan vi ser oss selv og hvordan vi blir sett. Anthems er støttet av BEK og Norsk Kulturråd.
In the Anthems project, Amber Ablett has been learning the national anthems of countries that people have asked her if she comes from. The project began in 2017 when Ablett gathered a list of 12 countries that others had connected her with due to an assumption based on her appearance, and began learning these anthems; songs which were written to draw a picture of a nation and to evoke unity and pride. The overall project of learning the national anthems seeks to raise the question of the assumed relationship between ethnicity and nationality, our outer appearances and our inner connections, how we see ourselves and how others see us. The exhibition at Lydgalleriet shares recordings and text works from this project within an archival structure, and will be presented as a 12 channel sound sculpture.
The attempt to learn the anthems is Ablett's attempt to connect with countries that she has no connection with, but that other people connected her with,– while also confronting this challenge to her sense of belonging. In the run up to the exhibition, Ablett hosted two discussion workshops, opening conversation around how we see ourselves and how we are seen. Anthems is kindly supported by BEK and Arts Council Norway.