STILL (for) PEACE

/ Viborg Kunsthal, 2020

Art is power.

The Archive.

Photo: Kurt Nielsen.

The Archive

The Archive: 5,32 meters long, 1:100.000 of ‘The Line – The Light’, which stretches for 532 km from Skagen to Sild.

It is comprised of documents from ‘Peace Sculpture 1995’.

History as material

With history as material, Ejdrup Hansen creates new works that interpret and put into perspective the politicized and controversial events surrounding Peace Sculpture 1995 – then and now.

Through reconstruction, reorganization and reactivation of archival materials, the exhibition questions cognition and remembrance through a historical perspective and analyzes the relevance of the peace sculpture through a rethinking of art in a contemporary context.

The works are based on the extensive historical archive material from Peace Sculpture 1995, the Prime Minister’s 57 archive boxes, the National Archives.

One of the most talked about, insulted and politicized works of art of the 20th century, the piece is actualized 25 years later, in the current political and historical reality.

Work
A solo exhibition at Viborg Kunsthal 2020 featuring new works using light, video, sound, photo and drawing.

Awards
STILL (for) PEACE. Viborg Kunsthal, prizewinner of The Danish Arts Foundation 2020.

Collaboration
Jakob Brask, Karen Kjærgaard, Marie Højlund, Rasmus Koch, Viborg Kunsthal, Bikubens Vision Salon, Statsministeriet, Folketinget; Rigsarkivet. Jytte Hilden, Gunvor Auken, Nørhaven, Birgitte Ejdrup Kristensen

Funding
Statens Kunstfond, Aarhus Kommunes Kulturudviklings Pulje, Beckett Fonden og Viborg Kommune.

Text by (see book at page bottom)
Bodil Monrad, Michael Thouber, Wolfgang Becker, Jytte Hilden, Poul Bache, Helvinn Høst, Nils Arne Sørensen, Trine Rytter Andersen, Ida Kibæk Skytte & Kirstine Gotthelf

Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen and 57 boxes in the Ministry of State.

Photo: Kathrine Winkelhorn.

22 Documents

22 documents from ‘Peace Sculpture 1995’. It consists of accounts for head of department, notes for the Prime Minister, inquiry from the Art Professor, access to relevant records, rejection of access to relevant records from PET.

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Documentation
Plexiglas boxes with works by Nomi Nagasawa, Mischa Ullman, Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen and Anthony Gormley.

Documentation.
24 screens playing videos of the 56 work
along the West Coast in ‘Peace Sculpture 1995’.

The Poetry.
20 meters of dune drawing from the West Coast.
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The Danish Parliament

Motion to stop the laser light show ‘The Line – The Light’ May 4th 1995 put forward by Tom Benhke (FP), Kim Behnke (FP), Jan Køpke Christen- sen (FP), Kristian Thulesen Dahl (FP), Ole Donner (FP), Pia Kjærsgaard (FP) og Poul Nødgaard (FP).

Framing of the parliamentary debate (1995).
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The Danish Parliament installation.

Two chairs from The Danish Parliament placed on a piece of the Christiansborg carpet.

Art is Power.
The work.

Art is Power.
Table display case with sketches (1990-1995)

Art is Power.
Book in connection to STILL (for) PEACE.

The Press.
Display case featuring newspaper clippings in stacks.

The Press.
34 meters long roll of names of authors of articles and reader’s letters.

Sound installation: 'Shitstorm'

Created by Marie Højlund in collaboration with Anne-Sofie Udsen and Asger Bruun Hansen, this exhibition consists of 190 quotations selected from 2800 newspaper articles and reader’s letters about ‘Peace Sculpture 1995’.

  1. Nazi associations: How the work is imagined to create vestiges about World War II through the inclusion of bunkers and laser lights.
  2. Anti-feminism: The artist is considered a young and inexperienced woman without the ability to create good art.
  3. Is this art?: Whether the piece can be considered ‘real art’ and pertaining hereto: Should this project be funded?
  4. Who owns the story?: Whether the young generation, which has not experienced the war, can/ought to/is allowed to offer an opinion on the subject.

Shitstorm.
By Marie Højlund in collaboration with
Anne-Sofie Udsen and Asger Bruun Hansen.

More information in the project publication

Text by Bodil Monrad, Michael Thouber, Wolfgang Becker, Jytte Hilden, Poul Bache, Helvinn Høst, Nils Arne Sørensen, Trine Rytter Andersen, Ida Kibæk Skytte & Kirstine Gotthelf

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Peace Sculpture 1995 Publications

Presentations by Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen

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