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Art Gallery Exhibition Explores Women in Aviation

"Simone Aeberg Kaern: Seize the Sky" features a symposium in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the SDSU Department of Women's Studies.

Simone Aaberg Kaern: Seize the Sky is currently on exhibition at the SDSU University Art Gallery through May 5.

Seize the Sky is a 14-year survey of video works created by Danish artist Simone Aaberg Kærn. Through these eight works, produced between 1995 and 2008, Aaberg Kærn addresses flight as a metaphor for individual freedom and examines the sky as airspace unbounded by political borders. The exhibition is organized and curated by Tina Yapelli, director of the University Art Gallery at San Diego State University.

About the artist

Born in Copenhagen in 1969, Simone Aaberg Kaern was educated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Human flight and the sky have been Aaberg Kærn’s recurring themes throughout her artistic career, and she often has combined her own desires and experiences as a pilot with representations of other women aviators—civilian and military—from Afghanistan, Iran, the former Soviet Union, Turkey and the United States.

Seize the Sky is Aaberg Kaern’s premiere exhibition on the West Coast, and her first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States. Simone Aaberg Kaern currently lives and works in Copenhagen and is represented by Galerie Asbæk, Copenhagen.

Symposium on women’s rights

In conjunction with the exhibition, a symposium will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, in Hardy Tower, room 140, on the SDSU campus. "Art, Aviation and Achievement: An International Symposium on Women’s Rights" will feature an international roster of panelists representing the fields of art, human rights and civil and military aviation.

The exhibition and symposium are presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of SDSU’s Department of Women’s Studies, the first such program in the United States.

Jenni Prisk, president and founder of Voices of Women in La Jolla, will serve as moderator. Other presenters include:

  • Simone Aaberg Kaern, artist and pilot, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jessica Cox, motivational speaker and pilot, Tucson, Arizona
  • Loeky Droesen, senior program officer, Aim for Human Rights, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Anh Hua, professor, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
  • Lieutenant Chris Kieszek, pilot, U.S. Navy and professor, Department of Naval Science, San Diego State University
  • Captain Latifa Nabizada, pilot, Afghan National Army Air Corps, Kabul, Afghanistan

An exhibition and symposium celebration will follow the symposium at the University Art Gallery from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The exhibition, symposium and celebration are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the University Art Gallery website.

The exhibition and symposium are sponsored by the San Diego State University Art Council; the School of Art, Design and Art History; the SDSU Center for the Visual and Performing Arts; the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts; and the fund for Instructionally Related Activities. The exhibition and symis organized in conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. Simone Aaberg Kaern is represented by Galerie Asbaek, Copenhagen, Denmark.


About SDSU Month

This event is part of the 8th annual SDSU Month, a celebration throughout March of the university's dynamic and enriching relationship with the San Diego community.

SDSU Month will feature 31 days of fun and stimulating academic, arts and athletic events, as well as offers from local businesses and organizations for SDSU's growing family of friends and colleagues. A complete listing of SDSU Month events and other special discounts will be available in the coming days at