The exhibition explores the personal visions of local places throughout the world, and takes a comparative and thematic look at the concepts 'local' and 'global'. The title, Localities, refers to the city of Roskilde. It also refers to how artists living in different parts of the globe envision their own world. By the use of real or fictional narrations, the artists question the value of the images of the world we daily receive and often passively consume.
Curated by Sanne Kofod Olsen (DK), N'Goné Fall (SN/FR), Samar Martha (PS/GB)
Participating artists: Alen Aligrudic (BA/DK), Adel Abidin (IQ/FI), Moridja Kitenge Banza (CG), Doing it for Daddy (ZA), Esra Ersen (TR/DE), Emeka Ogboh (NG), Khalil Rabah (PS) and Wael Shawky (EG)
The exhibition, Localities, explores the personal visions of local places throughout the world, and takes a comparative and thematic look at the concepts ”local” and ”global”. The title, Localities, refers to the city of Roskilde. It also refers to how artists living in different parts of the globe envision their own world.
These ”worlds” are interacting zones holding fantasies, frustration and alienation. In the current international geopolitical context, the perception of ”my world” and ”my images” resonates in multiple ways depending on who is presenting and who is receiving them. By the use of real or fictional narrations, the artists question the value of the images of the world we daily receive and often passively consume.
Adel Abidin puts the term ”bread of life” in a new light when four men in ties play music in the video Bread of Life (2008). Wael Shawky comments on the clash of cultures in The Cave (2005) in which he recites a passage from the Qur'an while roaming the aisles of a Western supermarket. The Palestinian artist Khalil Rabah opens a new office at the museum with his fictive travel agency United States of Palestine Airlines (2007), while Emeka Ogboh brings the characteristic sounds of Lagos to Roskilde in the installation Lagos Soundscape (2008).
Esra Ersen invites the audience along on a journey in the video installation Passengers (2009), where we follow a group of Turkish women leaving their neighbourhood en route to the Bosphorus for the first time in their lives. The artist group Doing it for Daddy presents a new take on Denmark in Der er et yndigt land (There Is a Lovely Land)(2010) based on research the group has conducted in South Africa and subsequently completed in Roskilde. Alen Aligrudic’s work Greetings from Yugoslavia (2003- 2009) about the dissolution of a nation, will be presented for the first time in its entirety.
The work is composed of photographs of Bosnia- Herzegovina as well as pictures of Denmark which can only be distinguished after close examination. Finally, Moridja Kitenge Banza presents a newly formed federation, L’Union des États, with its own flag, coat of arms and currency. The work consists of a spatial installation and a performance in the form of a presidential speech to be performed at the opening.
The exhibition takes place in the context of My World Images Festival, Denmark coordinated by the Danish Center for Culture and Development (http://www.dccd.dk), but is independent of the festival as an exhibition concept in it self. For more information about My World Images please see http://www.images.dk
Image: Adel Abidin, Bread of Life, 2008
Opening 9 September 5-7pm
Performance by Moridja Kitenge Banza
Open Air Night: 9 September 8.30– 11.30pm: Poetry Slam, short movies and Colombian dance rythms
Museum of Contemporary Art
Staendertorvet 3D, Roskilde
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12am-4pm