Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen: PROMISED LAND
22 May to 23 June 2013
Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm. (Please note new opening times).
Preview: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 from 6.30 - 8.30pm. (also mass. en masse. mass medium. preview at Cafe Gallery).
An Autograph ABP and CGP London collaboration.
The vast raw space of Dilston Grove welcomes three works by the internationaly acclaimed artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen. Since graduating in 2001, Danish artist Larsen has primarily been working with film and video. Often his video works are poetic depictions of communities and places. His subject matter takes its departure in ‘real life’ issues - and in the past few years displacement and migration has been his main area of research. Over the years he has tailored projects to a long list of places. He has made films on the Westbank, and portrayed Indian migrant workers in Dubai (and their families in Kerala, India); he has made films with second generation immigrants in council estates in a suburb of Paris; he has worked with clandestine migrants in Calais as they attempt the highly dangerous and near impossible task of getting into UK. For this exhibition, he presents three works:
1. Promised Land. New Edited Version For Single Screen, 47 minutes, HD. 5.1 surround sound. 2012. The film work portrays Mohammed, Jafar, Hasan, Camron, Khan, Reza and his three year old son, Nima - young migrants who will go to any length to cross the Channel from the French seaport town of Calais to enter Britain in the hope of finding a better life. Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Promised Land combine beautiful cinematography with footage captured by migrants to give a deep insight into their close friendships, their hopes, dreams and ways of coping with the misery of their situation, their journeys from war-torn regimes, and dangerous attempts at getting into Britain - their Promised Land. The forthcoming exhibition at Dilston Grove marks the first London staging of this now celebrated film work.
2. Ode to the Perished. 12 suspended sculptures; concrete canvas, organisms from the Aegean Sea, dimensions variable. 2011. Every year, thousands of migrants cross the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. Operated by human trafficking mafias, they fill the vessels (often beyond capacity) with migrants willing to risk everything to reach the shores of the European Union. Often, the migrants’ journeys end in peril – drowned at sea. The suspended shapes in Ode to the Perished are made of Concrete Canvas™, a material used as emergency key infrastructure for disaster relief. Its use relates directly to why people have to flee their war-torn homes in search for a new safe place to live. The finished shapes were immersed in the Aegean sea for months developing the same patina of algae that objects floating in the sea over long periods acquire.
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Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen (born in Denmark 1971) studied a BA(hons.) in Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art and an MA in Fine Art & Media Art at Slade school of Fine Art, London. Larsen has exhibited extensively around the world. Recent solo exhibitions include: 343 Perspectives, Peckham Space, London (2012); From The Edge, DCA (Dundee Contemporary Art), Scotland (2012); Promised Land, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris (2012) & PiST///, Istanbul (2012); Contes de la périphérie, Maison du Danemark, Paris (2010); Do Not Use, Revolver Galeria, Lima, Peru (2010); Rising Floating Falling, Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark (2004). Recent group exhibitions include: In Spite of it All, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2012); Together, Trondheim Art Museum, Norway (2012); Thessaloniki Biennial 3, Greece (2011), Folkestone Triennial, UK (2011); Looped, Salt Lake Art Centre, Utah, USA (2011); Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai at Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2011) and Sharjah Biennial editions 6 & 9, UAE (2003 & 2009). Larsen’s work is represented in public and private collections in Denmark, England, France, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway, United Arab Emirates and United States.
In addition to this exhibition at Dilston Grove, Larsen is also currently preparing a solo exhibition for PiST/// in Istanbul and a new commission for DR (Danish national TV station), which will launch in 2013.
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