From 2006 - 2009, Alhena curated exhibitions in her Glasgow apartment and other venues around the city. Artists created site-specific artworks for each exhibition. The exhibitions were each open for 48 hours, during which time A.Vermin explored ideas about hosting and hospitality.
Artists who participated in A.Vermin: Steven Anderson, Ruth Barker, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Jim Colquhoun, Amelie Guerin, Anna Mields, Mark Briggs, Grier Edmundson, Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, Mair Hughes, Connor Kelly, Emmet Kierans, Kendall Koppe, Katie McGown, Kevin Pollock, Heather Mann, Raquel Mendes, Benny Merris, Dan Monks, Douglas Morland, Baldvin Ringsted, Jonathan Scott, Katri Walker, Stina Wirflet, Yuen Fong Ling
Image: The A.Vermin kitchen, 2006
A.Vermin was an experiment in art and conversation. Each exhibition was held over the course of a weekend and the apartment was open for ongoing gatherings. In 2008, Alhena was a participant, under her host pseudonym A.Vermin in PRAKTIKA: A Seminar for Socially Engaged Art, Deveron Arts, Huntly.
Circa, Glasgow International Festival 2008, Susan Thomson, Issue 124 Summer
ArtReview, Glasgow International Festival, Laura McLean-Ferris, Issue 23 June
Frieze, Glasgow International, Martin Vincent, Issue 116 June/July/August
Les Inrockuptiles, Gi, Judicael Lavrador, April
The Skinny, A.Vermin, Jenny Richards & “To Be Alert”, Rosamund West, 23/04
The Herald, Outsiders Give The Art Festival Its Edge, Jack Mottram, 18/04
Image: Mark Briggs, video installation, 2009
In 2008, A.Vermin participated in Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art by organizing an exhibition and series of performance events at The State Pub - 148 Holland Street, Glasgow. In this case, we moved from the privacy of the home to the Public House.
Artists in The State: Jim Colquhoun, Grier Edmundson, Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, Emmet Kierans, Benny Merris, Dan Monks, Kevin Pollock, Baldvin Ringsted and Stina Wirfelt. Performances by: Jim Colquhoun, Dan Monks and Steven Anderson. Also at The State: Uncle Chop Chop launch event.
Image: Jim Colquhoun and Voice Like Bones Perform "Weasels" at The State, Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, April 2008.