Copenhagen Art Festival
August 29–October 25, 2015
The five main art venues in Copenhagen behind the joint exhibition TRUST proudly present the complete list of participating artists:
Martin Erik Andersen (Denmark), Felicia Atkinson (France), Jakup Auce (Belgium), Elena Bajo (Spain), Jessica Baxter (Belgium), Nina Beier (Denmark), Maiken Bent (Denmark), Ellen Cantor (USA), Mikkel Carl (Denmark), Cel Crabeels (Belgium), Nanna Debois Buhl (Denmark), Vava Dudu (France), Sophie Dupont (Denmark), FOS (Denmark), Ditte Gantriis (Denmark), Sofie Haesaerts (Belgium), Steinar Haga Christensen (Norway), Maj Hasager (Denmark), Pernille Kapper Williams (Denmark), Ilja Karilampi (Sweden), A Kassen (Denmark), Seyran Kirmizitoprak (Belgium), Egle Kulbokaite (Sweden) Emmanuelle Lainé (France), Adriana Lara (Mexico), Jacopo Miliani (Italy), Cécile Noguès (France), Officin (Denmark), Carl Palm (Sweden), Douglas Park (UK), Angelo Plessas (Greece), Laure Prouvost (UK/France), Torben Ribe (Denmark), Ebbe Stub Wittrup (Denmark), Zin Taylor (Canada/Belgium), The After Lucy Experiment (Belgium), Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter (Belgium), Benjamin Valenza (France/Switzerland), Loic Vanderstichelen & Jean-Paul Jacquet (Belgium), We Are The Painters (France), Atalay Yavuz (Turkey).
The exhibition TRUST is about the belief in collectivity and trust between people. The exhibition addresses the premises on which art and the art world operate today, as well as focusing on the relationship between the individual artist and the art institution. TRUST is curated by the Belgian curator Sonia Dermience, who as part of her curatorial strategy has given the five art venues temporary names to challenge their usual profiles.
For the duration of the exhibition, each of the five art venues has a symbolic name referring to their role and history. Under the name The Palace, Kunsthal Charlottenborg presents works that collect, order and process material from the world around us using aesthetic registers. Nikolaj Kunsthal–Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre has been given the name The Temple. Here three art collectives will transform the gallery into three large-scale installations exploring different aspects of contemporary forms of worship. The art venue GL STRAND has been given the name The Salon. The exhibition in this former bourgeois home stages the institution’s history as a place for debate and dialogue, incorporating the decorative, aesthetic and challenging in an apparently dysfunctional family framework. Under the name The Exchange, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art brings design, video, printed matter and performance together to create an exchange between artistic practices. Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art has been given the name The Studio, and presents installations where the creative process itself is both visible and key to the completed works. As well as the exhibitions in the art venues, there will be small TRUST satellites throughout Copenhagen.
The Belgian graphic art group Überknackig has designed the exhibition’s city map guiding people to the venues and locations participating in TRUST.
With TRUST, Copenhagen’s five main art venues have joined forces to present the city with outstanding and relevant highlights from the Danish and international contemporary art scene right now.
The exhibition is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the City of Copenhagen, Pro Helvetia, OCA and Institute Français.
About Copenhagen Art Festival
In 2010 the five main art centres in Copenhagen joined forces to win a competition to create a festival of contemporary art launched by the Danish Arts Foundation. The festival was curated and realised in a unique collaboration between them, and took place in autumn 2012. For the festival the art centres formed the association Copenhagen Art Festival—the organisation behind TRUST.
About Sonia Dermience (b. 1971)
Sonia Dermience (Belgium) founded Komplot in Brussels in 2002, a curatorial collective concerned with nomadic creative practices. Under the name of Catherine Vertige, she conducted extensive research into post ’68 collaborative art practices in Belgium with seminars and the two documentary films Sad In Country. In 2009 Komplot founded The Public School Brussels. Since 2010 Komplot is located in a converted warehouse dedicated to exhibitions, residencies and studios. Komplot published three issues of YEAR magazine between 2011 and 2013. Recently, Sonia Dermience re-initiated an individual curatorial practice with this exhibition, TRUST taking place in five kunsthals in Copenhagen.