IN BETWEEN SPACES
onsdag 22-08-2012


ALL PHOTOS BY RIKKE LUNA © I DO ART AGENCY

The initial plan for this mural stems back to my artist residency in Gellerup with Aarhus Kunstbygning at the beginning of 2012. It was an idea that I had reserved for an art installation in the form of a giant projection or mural on one of the sides of the huge apartment blocks that make up Gellerupparken – something that could still come to fruition in the near future.

Over time, this idea has matured and upon learning about Aarhus’ candidacy for cultural capital 2017 it seemed like the opportune moment to make something of it. Awarded one of the 25 grants in the Midtylland region following my application I researched Aarhus’ demographics, made a handful of sketches, and in co-operation with I DO ART Agency went head-first into making a full-scale wall mural – something like 4-5 meters across – at Godsbanen. Adding the finishing touches last Thursday with the final windows added to the peak of Aarhus’ Prism it’s now open to the public for a closer look.

The theme for the mural originates from the scholar and cultural theorist, Homi K. Bhabha and his idea that ‘‘In between’ spaces provide the terrain for elaborating strategies of selfhood – singular or communal – [and] initiate new signs of identity, and innovative sites of collaboration, and contestation, in the act of defining the idea of society itself.” (The Location of Culture, Routledge, 1994: London). Bhabha identified that “It is in the emergence of the interstices – the overlap and displacement of domains of difference – that the intersubjective and collective experiences of nationness, community interest, or cultural value are negotiated.

From this quotation grew the idea of redrawing Aarhus’ skyline. It’s a conceptual piece that envisages Aarhus as an ‘in between’ space. The buildings that make up the city-scape – plucked from Viet Nam, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Turkey, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Iceland among others – contribute to a portrayal of Aarhus that is more ‘true’ to its population, cultural foundations and ‘in-betweenness’. What this mural strives to portray is that Aarhus is not a composite cultural terrain, made up of the apparent cultural values derived from the multiple different nationalities that make up the population, but instead a unique breeding ground where multiple cultural values are negotiated.

In a nutshell, what I’ve attempted to do through this mural is engage with Aarhus in this context, and hopefully my idea will contribute to making Aarhus become European Capital of Culture 2017.


ALL PHOTOS BY RIKKE LUNA © I DO ART AGENCY





Indlæg af: DANIEL VAN DER NOON

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